Luka Modric
Manchester united-target Luka Modric has scored once in 15 appearances for Spurs this season. REUTERS

Manchester United face a battle to sign Luka Modric in January, after the Tottenham star pledged to stay in north London until at least the end of the season.

The Croatian playmaker has inspired Tottenham into third in the Premier League table, seven points behind United with a game in hand.

However, Modric has emerged as a target for a number Tottenham's rivals for the league crown, including Manchester United and Chelsea, after a series of eye-catching displays.

The 26-year-old midfielder is yet to sign an extension to his contract at White Hart lane, amid reports he could move to Old Trafford in the New Year.

Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is in the market for a creative midfielder, with Darren Fletcher and Tom Cleverley long-term absentees.

Modric has revealed he is prepared to snub Manchester United in favour of helping Spurs with their title push, but revealed he will "wait and see" before deciding over his future at the end of the season.

"All that is stated in the press I have read it, but I have no other knowledge about any alleged offers [from Manchester United], I don't even have the time to bother looking," Modric told Sportske Novosti.

"Considering all the circumstances, and the primary fact that I do not want to go through what I did over the summer transfer period, I say that almost 100 per cent I will certainly stay at Tottenham until the summer.

"A small percentage you always have to leave as there is always a theoretical possibility if the club gets such an offer for me that they cannot refuse. However, the reality is that I will stay with Spurs until June and then we will see. All options are then possible, but as far as it is now I am not bothered, I just want to be healthy and playing well, everything else will just go on."