Manchester United manager David Moyes is understood to be looking at signing a number of players in the January transfer window, with a central defender top of his wish-list
It has been reported that Moyes is particularly interested in signing Kalidou Koulibaly from Belgian side Genk.
The Frenchman has appeared 20 times for Genk since signing from fellow Belgian club Metz and his international career is also taking off, having appeared 11 times for France's Under-20 side.
The player stands at 6ft 5ins and may be capable of providing the kind of defensive presence that United are looking for.
Koulibaly is also capable of playing in defensive midfield and the Daily Mail reports that he was also being tracked by Manchester City last year.
United and City are also reportedly interested in signing defender Kurt Zouma from French side St. Etienne.
However, it is unclear how much playing time Koulibaly would get at United, as defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling attempt to establish themselves in the midst of the disappointing performances from the Red Devils current back line.
Smalling performed well when he partnered captain Nemanja Vidic in United's 1-1 draw against Shakhtar Donetsk.
Quoted on the BBC, Moyes has also identified the need for "world-class" players to go straight into his squad.
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