Manchester United set sights on £12m Southampton starlet

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Manchester United have set their sights on signing highly-rated Southampton defender - and reported Chelsea target - Luke Shaw, according to the Daily Star.

The 18-year-old left-back - who has already drawn comparisons to the world's most expensive player, Gareth Bale - has been earning rave reviews at St Mary's over the past 12 months, and has now attracted interest from the reigning Premier League champions.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has ordered scouts to put together a dossier on the £12million-rated starlet, ahead of a proposed January move for the England U21 international.

After failing with bids to sign Leighton Baines and Fabio Coentrao this summer, Manchester United have now turned their attention to the Saints youngster, who follows in the footsteps of Real Madrid's £85million star Bale, in graduating from the south coast club's esteemed youth academy.

A move to Old Trafford could see Shaw succeed vice-captain Patrice Evra as Manchester United's first-choice left-sided full-back, after Alexander Buttner, who signed from Vitesse last summer, failed to make a significant impact in England.

Chelsea have also been credited with an interest in bringing Shaw to Stamford Bridge, despite the fact Jose Mourinho has Ashley Cole and Ryan Bertrand already in his first-team squad.

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