Manchester United are considering a summer approach for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Javi Martinez according to the Daily Mail.
The 22-year-old La Liga star is well regarded around Spain and tipped for a bright future, having also made the full international squad at last summer's World Cup.
Red Devils chief European scout Martin Ferguson, brother of manager Sir Alex was in attendance to run the rule over Espanyol's Pablo Daniel Osvaldo in a recent La Liga match-up.
But it was Martinez who caught the eye, so much so that Manchester United's extensive scouting network will continue to monitor his progress ahead of a bid to bring him to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens in June.
It is well known that Ferguson is in the market for a central midfield addition, as the United boss searches for a successor to the soon to be retiring Paul Scholes, who could yet hang up his boots at the end of the season.
And with the ever increasingly crocked Owen Hargreaves losing his battle for fitness, Fergie is set to delve into the transfer market for a new recruit.
Daniele De Rossi, Yann M'Vila and Claudio Marchisio have all been previously linked with moves to Manchester United. But as yet there have been no developments to initial speculation.
If the Red Devils step up their interest in Martinez they will likely face competition for his signature.
Tottenham Hotspur manager Harry Redknapp was also present in Spain watching the same game along with his assistant Kevin Bond and Everton boss David Moyes.
Both other parties are said to have been scouting other targets but Martinez's performance will surely not have gone unnoticed.