Manchester United will reportedly make a desperate last-ditch attempt to snatch Charlie Adam from the clutches of Liverpool.
According to the Daily Star, the Barclays Premier League champions will try to trump their north-west rivals to the signature of the Blackpool captain by tabling £12 million for his signature.
Reports earlier this week had suggested that Liverpool would tie up a £9 million deal for the 25-year-old by the weekend, but it would now appear that United could derail Adam's proposed transfer to Anfield.
Liverpool had initially registered their interest in the Scotland international during the the January transfer window and, despite Adam attempting to engineer a move away from Bloomfied Road, a switch to Anfield did not come to fruition.
However, Liverpool had always been expected to renew their interest in Adam come the summer, and Seasiders chairman Karl Oyston has confirmed talks have commenced between the two clubs.
United, though, are still alleged to retain an interest of their own in Adam, with Sir Alex Ferguson previously having publicly sung the praises of the former Rangers man.
Whether or not United's interest in Adam is genuine remains to be seen, but the Old Trafford club are on the lookout for midfield reinforcements after the retirement of Paul Scholes.
Luka Modric and Wesley Sneijder have also been touted as potential replacements for Scholes, and Chelsea's bid for the former may force United to spring into action.