Manchester United are weighing up a January move for Barcelona midfielder Alex Song, reports the Daily Star.
Song has failed to nail down a first team place at Barcelona since signing from Arsenal last summer in a deal reported to be worth £17m.
The 26-year-old started just 17 La Liga games last season and was reported to be struggling with life in Barcelona back in April.
Manchester United believe Song's lack of opportunities at the Nou Camp will give them a chance to sign the Cameroon international when the transfer window reopens in the new year.
No bids were made in the summer transfer window as United concentrated their efforts on signing Song's team mate Cesc Fabregas and former team mate Thiago Alcantara.
David Moyes failed with those approaches but it is now believed he will move for Song to shore up the midfield at Old Trafford.
And it looks as though the Red Devils will have a clear run at Song after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ruled out bringing him back to the Emirates.
Wenger said to reporters earlier in the summer: "My personal advice for him would be to give it another go and after two seasons he can still make a decision.
"There is no buy-back in his contract. I heard he wants to give it a go for another season, which you can understand because it’s the first season.
"I think he’s a quality player and sometimes the players have to insist when it doesn’t go well and not change his mind too soon."