Manchester United will reportedly trigger a clause in Dimitar Berbatov's contract in order to keep him at Old Trafford for another season.
The Bulgarian striker is out of contract in the summer, and neither the player or club have yet to give any public indication as to whether or not he will remain with United.
But, according to The Times, United will invoke the clause this month, which will extend Berbatov's stay with the club until June 2013.
This option is not automatically triggered and the club are required to sign documentation in order to activate it, but Berbatov and his representatives have been informed of the club's intention to do so.
Berbatov joined Manchester United from Tottenham in the summer of 2008, with Sir Alex Ferguson paying £30.75 million in order to secure the services of the Bulgarian.
Despite finishing last season as United's top goalscorer, Berbatov has not featured regularly this term, with Wayne Rooney, Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Ferguson's decision to retain the services of the 31-year-old, however, is likely to mean that the United boss will not sign another striker in the summer.