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Manchester United are ready to sign Southampton starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £10million deal.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has outsmarted his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger in the race for the 17-year-old, who is seen as a future Old Trafford hero.

Fergie has money to spend on several players this summer and wants to be sure that Oxlade-Chamberlain – son of former England winger Mark Chamberlain – is one of them.

United will offer Saints £5m up front and double that money on appearances, with the bonuses paid in reasonable time. The whole package will be the biggest paid for a teenager. Fergie has been on the talented attacker’s trail for months and insiders reveal he has “pulled out all of the stops” to see off the Gunners.

Arsenal thought they had Oxlade-Chamberlain lined up to follow in Theo Walcott’s footsteps. But ironically the England wide man would block the kid’s route into the side.

Fergie will encourage Oxlade-Chamberlain to think he would be brought through faster at Old Trafford.

Southampton are keen to have the youngster back on loan if they sell him, but United plan to use him quickly – with a squad number and a first-team role for next season.

Both the player and his dad want to be involved in talks and Fergie hopes to tie up a deal in the next few weeks.

Source: Mirror

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