Sir Alex Ferguson
The boss is scouting young players to add to the squad. REUTERS

Ricky van Wolfswinkel has admitted to being flattered by rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United, but the striker insists he is concentrating on playing well for Sporting CP.

Van Wolfswinkel has been attracting attention from numerous clubs around Europe, particularly after scoring nine goals in twelve appearances for Sporting so far this season.

United are said to be interested, along with Chelsea, but the Netherlands international isn't interested in a move, for now at least.

"It is good that my name was linked to big clubs such as Manchester United and others in England, but I am really content and happy at Sporting," he told Dutch radio station NOS.

"Things are excellent in every sense. I play for a good club and I am scoring goals because I am taking this satisfaction on to the pitch."

Last week, van Wolfswinkle's agent exclusively told the International Business times that a move in January was not likely, but next summer anything could happen.

"Chelsea and Manchester United have watched Ricky, like other young footballers in Europe, but I do not expect a possible deal in the January market," he said.

"Nobody has spoken to me directly and Sporting are not interested in a deal at the moment.

"However, in the world of football, it is impossible to say never about a sale."

A move to United would be a step up for van Wolfswinkel, who started his career at Dutch clubs Vitesse and Utrecht before making the move to Sporting. The Portuguese side are currently third in the Primeira Liga table, but they aren't in the Champions League, and it would be the 22 year old's first appearance in the tournament if he did head to Old Trafford this season or the next.

Sir Alex Ferguson admitted last week that while he had 'two or three' targets in mind for January, none are available, "so there is no point even going there."

This would allude to van Wolfswinkel being a target for the club, with a €22million fee believed to be the release clause in his contract.