Ferguson confident of signing Berbatov

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Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson is confident Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov will sign from Tottenham Hotspur before the start of next season.

"We have made Tottenham an offer on Berbatov and we have good expectations that this deal will go through," Ferguson was quoted in The Sun on Friday.

"Berbatov has been impressive for a long time and he would be a great addition to our attack."

Tottenham appear resigned to losing the 27-year-old who has been a huge success since joining from Bayer Leverkusen in 2006 but would want a fee of around £25m.

"I think time will work for us more than against us," Ferguson said. "We will not stress this situation. We are hoping to have a constructive conversation with Tottenham in the near future."

Tottenham manager Juande Ramos said on Thursday that some senior players would be allowed to leave the club as they build for the future.