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Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is chasing Torino’s Italian international centre half Angelo Ogbonna to bolster his leady defence.

Fergie’s spies have watched the 24-year-old’s last two games in Serie A, with the Premier League leaders looking at potential new faces in central defence because of concerns about their current crop at the position.

Ogbonna, who is of Nigerian descent, has emerged as one of the best defenders in Italy after coming up the hard way with Torino during their time outside the top flight.

United have been on his trail for some time, but the search has intensified recently with the Reds still unsure what will happen with Rio Ferdinand in the long term.

Ferdinand may move on in the summer when he’s due to be out of contract, and 6ft 2in Ogbonna is very much in the frame to be his successor.

United have invested heavily in young centre-halves, with Phil Jones and Chris Smalling recruited in the past couple of years.

But neither have proved they are the answer yet and the position is a possible weakness for Fergie down the line.

Torino have been quoting huge fees for Ogbonna and United want to be sure about him before committing a large chunk of their budget on him.

Ogbonna was part of Italy’s squad for the Euro 2012 finals but did not get a game as they got to the final before losing to Spain.

He is seen a certain starter for the future and United could face strong competition for his signature.

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