United scouting in Italy
By Alex Livie
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Manchester United are mounting a serious challenge to Arsenal at the head of The Premiership, and the Old Trafford chief is reportedly looking at a number of potential recruits on the continent.
Ferguson made a personal trip to France recently to watch Marseille`s clash with Rennes, sparking talk of a bid for Daniel van Buyten, but it would seem that Italy is also an area that has caught his eye.
Midfield terrier Davids was linked with a move to Manchester last summer, but decided to remain at Stadio Delle Alpi.
Ferguson is a fan of the Dutch international, but the United chief is well stocked in the midfield department at the moment.
With Juan Sebastian Veron performing well, Roy Keane and Nicky Butt returning to fitness and Paul Scholes starting to find the net again, Davids would face a real fight to get a regular start.
Although a bid for Davids may not materialise, Martin Ferguson could well compile a dossier on other Italian-based stars.
The arrival of a striker at Old Trafford is a possibility, meaning the likes of David Trezeguet, Alessandro Del Piero and Marcelo Salas could all come under the microscope.