Real chase 'new Beckham' Young - report

December 8, 2008
By Soccernet staff

Real Madrid's new head coach Juande Ramos is eager to strengthen the La Liga champions by signing Aston Villa winger Ashley Young, according to reports in the Spanish press.

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Madrid based daily Marca claim that Ramos is concerned about the quality of Real's wide men and has identified Young, who the newspaper label as 'the new Beckham', and Inter Milan winger Mancini as the club's top targets.

Former Tottenham Hotspur boss Ramos was known to be scouting for wingers during his time in at White Hart Lane and with the clout of Real Madrid now behind him he is in the position to sign some of the Premier League's top talent.

Ramos confirmed that Madrid would be looking for "new signings" during the January transfer window, adding: "I want two players with quality and fighting spirit who get stuck in."

Villa manager Martin O'Neill described Young as "world class" following the 23-year-old's two goals in the 3-2 victory against Everton last week and the England winger scored again in Saturday's 4-2 win against Bolton Wanderers.

If a predicted price tag of €30 million proves too expensive for Madrid then Ramos' second option would be Mancini. The Brazilian, who like Young is comfortable playing on both flanks, has struggled to break into Jose Mourinho's first team since his transfer from Roma earlier this summer.

Los Blancos have already a confirmed the signing of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar form Ajax and are also looking to add a defensive midfielder following news that both Mahamadou Diarra and Ruben de la Red will be out of action for the rest of the season.