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EXCLUSIVE: United and Bayern covet new Bundesliga scoring sensation Ibisevic, but minnows Hoffenheim warn them off

Sir Alex Ferguson has been warned off trying to sign the new scoring sensation of German football after receiving glowing reports on the prolific finishing of Hoffenheim striker Vedad Ibisevic.

Hoffenheim, a village of 3,000 inhabitants in the south of Germany, have taken the Bundesliga by storm in their first season in the top flight by overhauling the likes of Bayern Munich and Hamburg and establishing themselves as early pacesetters.

No-one has taken the eye more than Bosnia front-runner Ibisevic, whose 13 goals so far have made him the Bundesliga's leading scorer and a top target for Bayern and Manchester United.

Bayern's former World Cup winner Paul Breitner watched him in Hoffenheim's 3-0 win over Hamburg, as did United representatives, who were impressed with the 24-year old's mobility and aerial threat.

But billionaire software maker Dietmar Hopp, who has bankrolled his home village's fairytale rise, reacted decisively to claims a bid could be imminent for the ?6million-rated hot shot.

He said: 'I have not invested so much in my club to allow others to come along and start picking off our best players.

'All the players are under contract and are part of an exciting project. We don't need the money, and we won't be selling anyone.'
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