Manchester United and Liverpool are poised for a summer battle in the race to sign Ashley Young.
The England international has been linked with a number of Barclays Premier League clubs amidst an uncertainty over his future with Aston Villa, with three of the current top six linked with a move.
Liverpool have been mentioned alongside the player on a number of occasions in recent months, with the Sunday Mirror claiming that Kenny Dalglish had highlighted the player as his 'prime' transfer target over the weekend.
However, reports in The Times now claim Sir Alex Ferguson has joined the race for the player, with Manchester United looking to strengthen in the wide areas heading into next season.
The paper also claims that Liverpool had a deadline day offer rejected for the Villain, who continues to stall on a potential new contract with the Midlands club.
If a new deal can not be reached between the parties, Young will only have 12 months left on his contract under Gerard Houllier, leaving Villa with a decision to make as to wether they cash in on the player or risk his value going down through the season.
The worst case scenario would be a free transfer next summer.
Reports in the Daily Mail earlier this claimed Young had told teammates that Manchester United was the team he wanted to join, sparking rumours that the Old Trafford outfit would now take an interest in the player.
The Times appear to have confirmed these rumours, and with the player's alleged admission it would appear to put Manchester United in the box seat should a summer bidding war ensue.
Liverpool are unlikely to give up on the player though, having monitored his progress for some time now.
A winger is thought to be high on the Anfield agenda for Dalglish, with the Merseysiders chief keen to make a number of summer changes at Liverpool should he still be in charge.
Matt Jarvis and Charlie Adam are also thought to be on the wishlist, according to the national paper, suggesting it could be a busy transfer season for Liverpool come the end of the current campaign.
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