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Manchester United chasing "new Xavi" for cut-price deal

Manchester United are chasing Atletico Madrid's Koke, hoping to activate his release clause in the January transfer window, according to reports, with David Moyes personally scouting the player in his last game.

Manuel Queimadelos Alonso

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love gave to me...

Six Spaniards passing,

Five leg-breakers, Four box-to-boxers, three Basque midfielders, two German wingers, and a Scottish playmaker.

Koke's real name is Jorge Resurreccion. If that doesn't make you want him at the club, then it's hard to think what will. There you go, that's it, that's our report.

Anyway, Koke has been rated as 'the next Xavi' in some quarters in Spain, and is an all-round midfielder with a gift for passing who has been heavily involved in Atletico Madrid's great season so far. David Moyes went to their 2-0 victory over Porto, and he was supposedly there to keep an eye on the player.

Koke signed a new deal last summer, but is believed to have a release clause in his contract that means United could get him at the fairly inexpensive price of €24m considering the stature (and timing) of the transfer. Whether he's the kind of midfielder we need is open to question - he doesn't quite have the pace or tenacity of Ander Herrera, and is less experienced, but probably has more potential in the long-run, if we can afford to rely on such things.

By all accounts, the player wasn't hugely impressive in Atletico's win, playing a deeper role than usual, but that may be something he'll need to get used to at United - we certainly don't want another number 10 around.

Here's a highlights video for you to make your own minds up.