Manchester United have reportedly been encouraged to make a move for Real Madrid midfielder Lassana Diarra.
According to Metro, the Barclays Premier League champions may consider a £10 million offer for the France international, after he was omitted from Real's pre-season tour of America.
Diarra, 26, has been linked with United for a number of months, having seemingly fallen down Jose Mourinho's pecking order at the Santiago Bernabeu.
The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Portsmouth holding player did manage 36 appearances for Real last season, but is intent on finding more regular first-team football elsewhere.
United could offer just that to the Frenchman, with the respective departures from Old Trafford of Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes leaving Sir Alex Ferguson slightly light in the middle of the park.
And, with Darron Gibson also tipped to potentially leave United this summer, Ferguson could be hastened into reinforcing his squad sooner rather than later.
Meanwhile, reports today suggest that United are increasing their efforts to sign Inter Milan playmaker Wesley Sneijder, who has been identified as a direct replacement for Scholes.
However, the Dutchman insists he wants to remain at the San Siro, but concedes he would have to join United, if Inter agreed to sell him.
"If the club decide to sell me I go wherever they want," said the 27-year-old. "If it happens I am very disappointed. I am happy in Milan."