Manchester United are ready to bid for Saint Etienne left-back Faouzi Ghoulam.
The Daily Express reports that David Moyes is lining up the 22-year-old as he prepares to lose Patrice Evra at the end of the season and with Everton still playing hardball over Leighton Baines.
The Toffees full-back is still Moyes’ first-choice, but Ghoulam is seen as a suitable alternative.
The Algeria international has previously been linked with Liverpool and QPR, and saw a proposed move to Torino fall through in the summer.
After that disappointment, he is keen to stay with Les Verts until the end of the current campaign, although he acknowledged he was flattered by reported interest from the Premier League champions.
He told Sky Sports: “I would love to finish the season here now, it has been a very difficult time for me in the summer with the Torino affair.
“However, things go quickly in football so we never know what is next.
“Manchester United? You are always flattered when such a big club is linked with you but I do not want to dream, the reality is to give 100 per cent for St Etienne and see what will happen next.”