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Dutch striker on radar of Premier League champions

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 11/10/11 9:18pm

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Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Being tracked by Manchester United

Ricky van Wolfswinkel: Being tracked by Manchester United

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Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan has admitted the club are keeping tabs on Sporting Lisbon striker Ricky van Wolfswinkel.

United have been linked with a move for the Dutchman after catching the eye at Sporting this season.

The 22-year-old, who joined Sporting from Utrecht in the summer, has scored six goals in his last six games to alert clubs from all across Europe.

A host of clubs were credited with an interest in Van Wolfswinkel prior to his move to Sporting and United No.2 Phelan has revealed they are long-term admirers of the Dutch international.

"We have obviously known Van Wolfswinkel for a long time," Phelan told Portuguese newspaper Record. "He is a young striker, very talented, who has been growing in the last few seasons.

"A club like Manchester United carefully follow many players all over the world."

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