United close in on Dodo

MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is flying in Dodo - Brazil's best young defender - to finalise a �6million deal.The 17-year-old, full name Jose Rodolfo Pires Ribeiro Dodo, who plays for Corinthians, caught United's eye at a recent tournament and talks have moved so fast that the teenager is arriving on Monday to complete a deal.

MANCHESTER United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is flying in Dodo - Brazil's best young defender - to finalise a �6million deal.

The 17-year-old, full name Jose Rodolfo Pires Ribeiro Dodo, who plays for Corinthians, caught United's eye at a recent tournament and talks have moved so fast that the teenager is arriving on Monday to complete a deal.

Dodo will spend a fortnight at United on a trip that will also see him go to the Champions League final as a special guest before putting pen to paper.

The youngster, likened to Rio Ferdinand, has yet to make a first-team start for Corinthians and Fergie is ready to let him return to Sao Paulo to play with them for the first half of next season.

But United have an agreement to sign the top prospect in January next year as long as he passes a medical and there are no hitches over personal terms.

United will also sort out the paperwork to go with the transfer, including checks on his Portuguese passport - a key factor that avoids work permit problems in Europe.

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