As RoM reported here back in November, it is looking more and more likely that Fabian Delph is on his way to Manchester United.

Leeds have already turned down a bid from Newcastle for the player, with Ken Bates hoping they could cling on to the talented teenager.

“Fabian Delph will be moving to Premier League – but we hope he’ll be moving with us via the Championship,” said Bates. “He signed a four-year contract until 2012 and he doesn’t want to go anywhere.”

Leeds are currently 9th in League One, suggesting Delph will be waiting some time if he wants to stick around and wait for them to get in to the top flight again.

Fulham had scouts at Leeds’ recent 3-1 win over Stockport, where Delph pounced on a miss-hit clearance from the keeper, finding the back of the net from 40 yards out. Fulham reportedly put a £6 million offer in for the lad.

In response, United have apparently offered to match the £6 million but have also included extra incentives. Depending on appearances and performances, Delph’s transfer fee could rise to as much as £12 million.

According to some reports, Ferguson would be willing to allow Darron Gibson and Rodrigo Possebon to go in the other direction on a temporary basis. Whilst Possebon has shown great potential, Gibson has been less impressive, although nevertheless already has three caps for the Republic of Ireland.

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