Man Utd ask Ferdinand to help them beat Tottenham to £30m defender

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Manchester United have joined the race to sign talented Norwich centre-back Ben Godfrey, claims a report.

Godfrey, 22, was a target for Spurs, according to The Sun at the start of July. Jose Mourinho apparently wanted to sanction a move for Godfrey, but faced competition from Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

Spurs are looking for a replacement for Jan Vertonghen, who has moved on a free transfer.

However, explained over the weekend that AC Milan and Napoli were chasing the England Under-21 star. Now the same source, via Sport Witness report that United and Bayern Munich want Godfrey.

United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is believed to be looking for a long-term partner at centre-back for Harry Maguire. He was even caught telling Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake he needed a left-footed centre-back after their win over the Cherries at Old Trafford.

He later claimed United were well off in that department, but privately Solskjaer is believed to be hunting for a defender.

And while Godfrey is right footed, he has played a lot of the left this season for the relegated side.

New Era Global Sports agency



Solskjaer is interested in the York-born defender and United have apparently asked Rio Ferdinand for information on the player.

Both are represented by New Era Global Sports, and Solskjaer wants some inside information on the player so he can decided whether or not to pursue him.

Godfrey, who is under contract until 2023, is likely to have a relegation clause in his contract and will be facing a wage cut after the Canaries’ relegation.

However, United face stiff competition from Milan because, apparently, £30m-rated Godfrey has his heart set on heading to the Rossoneri.

His idol Paolo Maldini is heavily involved behind the scenes and Godfrey fancies the opportunity in Serie A.

Sky in Italy have also reported that Godfrey’s representatives met with AC Milan officials before their Serie A win against Cagliari on Saturday.