Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has turned his attentions to German playmaker Mario Gotze, according to reports.
Setanta Sports claims the Borussia Dortmund teenager has moved to the front of the Manchester United wish list after the Red Devils failed to move any nearer towards a deal for Dutch international Wesley Sneijder.
The Inter Milan star has been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, but with the Serie 'A' side digging their heels in over the player, any chance of a deal now appears to be dead in the water.
The report goes on to claim that Gotze has become disillusioned at Signal Iduna Park after the sale of Nuri Sahin to Real Madrid, and would therefore be willing to consider a move away from the Bundesliga champions.
Manchester United have been searching for a player in the attacking midfielder position as replacement for the retired Paul Scholes, with Luka Modric and Samir Nasri also linked with a move.
However, Gotze fits with the club's policy of bringing young talent to Old Trafford, and would join summer signings Phil Jones, David De Gea and Ashley Young at Manchester United were they able to land the six-cap international.