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Last Updated: Friday, 4 August 2006, 06:57 GMT 07:57 UK
Ferguson admits interest in Senna
Marcos Senna in action for Spain at the 2006 World Cup
Senna could be heading for Old Trafford next week
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted for the first time the club are interested in signing Marcos Senna from Villarreal.

Senna, 30, has been linked with a 3.4m move to United and Ferguson seems to be closing in on the Spain international.

"There is interest in Senna but there is interest in other players as well. We are trying to find different combinations in midfield.

"Hopefully, something will happen next week," said Ferguson.

"Over the time I have been at the club, we have had to build four or five teams. It's not always easy, but this team we are trying to build will hopefully stay together for a few years."

The Brazilian-born Senna, who has one year left on his contract with Villarreal, said: "I know they are negotiating a transfer and I hope they sort things out as soon as possible, so I know what my future will be."

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Villarreal coach Manuel Pellegrini appears to be resigned to losing Senna to United.

"In the case of Marcos, nothing is 100% finalised," explained Pellegrini to Marca, the daily Spanish sports newspaper.

"I understand that this is a great opportunity for him but, for us, it is going to be a great footballing loss if he does end up going. If he leaves, I'll be happy for him but I will be sad for the team.

"I am very happy for him because he deserves it," Pelligrini added.

"He is a player who has proved his class and I have always found it very strange that nobody came in for him sooner as he is a great player."

Senna was a member of the Villarreal team that reached the last four of last season's Champions League - the Spanish club losing to Arsenal at the semi-final stage.

Villarreal may be prepared to let Senna leave after they clinched the signing of Leandro Somoza from Club Atletico Velez of Argentina and ex-Arsenal star Robert Pires.

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