The Sun says United manager Sir Alex Ferguson expects to wrap up the deal within the next week after making his opening offer.

Berbatov has been top of Fergie's wanted list all year and now he has turned his interest into a hard cash bid.

United are convinced they can lure the Bulgarian to Old Trafford with the promise of Champions League football and an £80,000- a-week pay packet.

Emil Dantchev, Berbatov's agent, said: "I cannot make any comment until there is official confirmation from Tottenham or United."