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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 July, 2005, 10:42 GMT 11:42 UK
Ferguson targets further signing
Sir Alex Ferguson wants to sign one more player
Ferguson wants to sign one more player ahead of the new season
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is hunting for an experienced player to add to his squad before the start of the season.

Ferguson is believed to be targeting a central midfielder to support Roy Keane and to fill the gap left behind by Nicky Butt and Eric Djemba-Djemba.

"I think we are talking about someone experienced to improve us," Ferguson told the club's official website.

"But finding that player is not easy. The question is 'what do we need?'"

Ferguson has already added goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar and forward Park Ji-sung to his squad this summer.

And the Scot is confident that he has a good mix of players at Old Trafford to challenge for the Premiership title.

"We've introduced some young players in recent years and the age of the squad is good," Ferguson said.

What we don't want to do is miss chances at the rate we missed them last season
Sir Alex Ferguson

"There's a great nucleus of youth at the club, Alan Smith, Park, Darren Fletcher, Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, John O'Shea."

Ferguson is, however, keen to add one more name to that list by plundering the transfer market before the Champions League deadline on 4 August.

But he virtually ruled out bringing another striker to Old Trafford as he believes the scoring problems that hit the club last season will not be repeated this time around.

"The potential for goals is there, without question," Ferguson said.

"I'm sure it was a one-off because you cannot discount Ruud van Nistelrooy's goalscoring abilities. He had a terribly fragmented season.

"Rooney produced a fantastic goal tally in his first season and we hope Louis Saha can remain fit.

"What we don't want to do is miss chances at the rate we missed them last season."

News conference: Sir Alex Ferguson



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