Manchester United are reportedly considering a summer move for Newcastle midfielder Cheik Tiote.
The Ivorian international midfielder has been earning rave reviews for his performances in the Barclays Premier League this season, and Manchester United are thought to be considering an offer at the first opportunity.
Tiote moved to England in the summer in a £4 million move from FC Twente, but his value is thought to have doubled after an impressive opening six months at St James' Park.
The News of the World claim Chelsea made an enquiry with regards to the player's availability in January, but were quickly rebuffed by the Magpies.
Sources close to the club also claim that Manchester United are expected to bid at the end of the season, with Sir Alex Ferguson looking to bring a 'powerhouse' midfielder to his ranks at Old Trafford.
The Red Devils have lacked an imposing central midfielder since the departure of Roy Keane six years ago, and Tiote could be the answer for Manchester United if the 24-year-old can continue to maintain his level and impress.
A wonderful volley against Arsenal at the weekend has increased the player's stock yet further, but it's his hard-work and rough-tackling style that has led to admiring glances from the top clubs in England.
It's unlikely that Alan Pardew will want to sell one of his prized assets, but the deadline day sale of Andy Carroll proved that every player has their price and Manchester United appear likely to test the water at the first chance in the summer.