United weigh up January bid
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United are weighing up a January bid for Didier Zokora.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up a January bid for Didier Zokora, according to reports in France.
The Ivory Coast international is rated as one of the finest defensive midfielders in Le Championnat following Michael Essien's move from Lyon to Chelsea, and Ferguson has been impressed by the St Etienne star.
Speculation is rife that United could even propose a draft agreement within the next month or so in preparation for securing the 24-year-old's signature in the New Year.
The Red Devils are keen to find a long-term replacement for Roy Keane with Alan Smith gallantly filling in for the injured Republic of Ireland international, who has admitted this could be his last season at Old Trafford.
Zokora does have African Cup of Nations commitments in 2006 but is believed to be one of the names on Ferguson's wanted list.
Indeed, the midfield pivot has already declared that both United and Chelsea have been tracking his progress for some time.
Bayern Munich star Michael Ballack has long been touted as first option and it does seem certain there will be movement in that area of the United squad come the next transfer window.