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Man Utd prepare swap offer to beat Arsenal for Southampton winger Oxlade-Chamberlain

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is eyeing a swap bid for Southampton superkid Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Daily Star says Ferguson could also be in with a chance of hijacking Arsenal's bid for Oxlade-Chamberlain.

The Gunners are favourites to sign the teenager, who made 41 appearances for Saints last season, scoring 10 goals.

But Fergie is ready to step up his ­interest even though they are on the verge of signing Ashley Young from Aston Villa.

Saints manager Nigel Adkins is ­looking to sign at least three players with ­Premier League experience this summer as the club tries to emulate Norwich's achievements of successive promotions from League One to the top flight.

So he is eager to try to negotiate a ­player or players-plus-cash deal for Chamberlain, who turns 18 in August.

If Ferguson steps up his interest he could offer French winger Gabriel Obertan, 22, or out-of-favour ­defender Wes Brown, also a Sunderland ­target, as part of the deal.

Obertan has failed to make an impact at United since his £3m move from ­Bordeaux in 2009.

Brown, 31, made only four league starts last season and has no future at Old Trafford.

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