Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp is lining up an audacious swoop to bring Dimitar Berbatov back to White Hart Lane.
Sir Alex Ferguson accepts he is going to have a ‘big problem’ juggling his striking options at United and is considering selling the Bulgarian ace, who will play just a bit-part role this season.
Last season’s top scorer Berbatov has been restricted to a substitute’s role having slipped well down the pecking order behind Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck, who scored one and created another in Monday’s 3-0 win over Tottenham.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford since being left out of the United’s squad for the Champions League Final defeat to Barcelona in May.
Malaga and Paris Saint Germain have both enquired into his availability and now Tottenham have thrown their hat into the ring.
The North London club are in the market for a striker this summer and would consider bringing Berbatov back – but only if United’s price was right.
Spurs have grown frustrated in their pursuit of Man City misift Emmanuel Adebayor, with the player’s £110,000 weekly wages proving a huge stumbling block.
That could mean Redknsapp thrashing out a cut-price deal worth just £10million for Berbatov – given he will be out of contract next summer – and his wages will fit into Spurs’ strict wage structure.
Berbatov enjoyed a successful spell at White Hart Lane in 2006-08, he scored 27 goals in 70 appearances before being sold to United for £30.75m.