With reports suggesting the Owen Hargreaves transfer is as good as done, speculation among the tabloids on Sir Alex's other summer targets are coming thick and fast.
Blackburn striker Benni McCarthy is the latest name in the pot, although he was first linked to an Old Trafford move after Rovers' visit in the Premiership in March. In that day's match programme, the South Africa striker revealed his love for the Reds and has now insisted he wants to play in the Champions League. The News Of The World claims McCarthy reckons: "Blackburn are probably not a team that can offer that opportunity."
The United boss has openly admitted he is chasing three recruits and the media expect the arrival of Owen Hargreaves this week will spark a wave of newcomers. A striker, a winger and a full-back are the other alleged targets, with the majority of rumours concerning potential new forwards.
But while the likes of Mark Viduka (Middlesbrough), Nani (Sporting Lisbon), Fernando Torres (Atletico Madrid), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Ajax), Samuel Eto'o (Barcelona), Michael Owen (Newcastle), Afonso Alves (Heerenveen) and Dimitar Berbatov (Tottenham) have all been mentioned before, Charlton's Darren Bent has now appeared on the rumour radar. Relegated Charlton have just signed two new goalscorers, which indicates boss Alan Pardew may be prepared to let the highly-rated 23-year-old return to the Premiership. Bent has certainly proved himself at the top level, scoring 15 times for Charlton in all competitions last season.
Welsh defender Gareth Bale is definitely out of bounds now after apparently finalising terms with Tottenham Hotspur late last week. The Reds were once considered strong favourites to land the talented