Manchester United would be happy to buy Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and loan him back to Southampton this month.

The Daily Star says United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and his assistant Mike Phelan made a personal check on Oxlade-Chamberlain on Tuesday night and are considering a bid.

Fergie watched the player in action for the Saints at Oldham and the youngster, who is the son of former England and Portsmouth star Mark Chamberlain, scored in a 6-0 victory.

Ferguson was looking at United's FA Cup fourth round opponents. But the main incentive for his trip to Boundary Park was to see Oxlade-Chamberlain.

It is understood United are willing to sign the player and loan him back for the rest of the season.

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