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Afcon Talent could see Anderson Leave OT

Anderson’s future at Manchester United may be at risk this month, for the club are reportedly chasing a number of players, some of which are currently in the Africa Cup of Nations this winter.

The tournament, which is taking place in South Africa, just three years after the first World Cup on African soil, is a rich hunting ground for Premier League clubs to unearth hidden talents, and United are in need of a new midfielder according to pundits.

Christian Atsu, midfielder at Porto and Ghana, a team currently topping the African Cup of Nations betting odds, is widely reported to be catching the eye of Europe’s elite clubs, while Nosa Igiebor, of Betis and Nigeria, is another hot talent at the Afcon. With Ferguson also chasing Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha this month, there may be little room in the midfield for Anderson come February.

Anderson, it seems, may soon be surplus to requirements, should manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, get the men he wants, the Brazilian destined to either go out on loan or be sold to finance a new purchase.

It would be disappointing yet not unexpected if Anderson left Old Trafford. The defensive midfielder has struggled to get starts this season behind Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley – his last full 90 minutes coming in United’s 3-1 win away at Braga in the Champions League.

Should he move out on loan, there are a number of Premier League clubs who would jump at the chance to sign him. QPR are still struggling to find a competent DM while West Ham – if they lose Mohamed Diame to Arsenal – will require a replacement.

Maybe a loan move would be the best for Anderson too, for the 24-year-old needs games at this stage of his development if he is ever to fulfil the potential that brought him to the perennial Premier League odds favourites, United, in the first place.

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