Manchester United are back on the trail of Spanish U21 international Javi Martinez according to the Daily Mail.

The 6ft 3in midfielder currently plies his trade in La Liga with Athletic Bilbao, but is attracting interest from a host of clubs across Europe after a series of impressive performances.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be considering an offer in the region of £18million, in a bid to bring the creative playmaker to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens in January.

Manchester United chief scout Martin Ferguson has travelled to Spain to see Martinez in action on a number of occasions, and is being earmarked as a player who could bolster the club's options in the middle of the park.

With seven full international caps to his name, and a World Cup winners medal, the 23-year-old also captained the U21 side to the European Championships in Denmark - further cementing his reputation as a stellar prospect.

Having signed the likes of Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea in the summer, Ferguson may be tempted to enter the transfer market again, as he strives to fill the void left by the retirement of Paul Scholes last summer.

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