David Moyes is willing to pay as much as £20m to secure the services of Everton starlet Ross Barkley, reports the Daily Star.
Manchester United have a long-standing interest in Barkley with Sir Alex Ferguson originally making an enquiry for the youngster when he was 17.
Ironically, it was Moyes who batted Manchester United away with the former-Everton boss well aware of Barkley's massive potential.
Barkley is seen as the perfect addition to the team at Old Trafford with the midfield lacking the flair and creativity he provides.
The midfielder would represent the second time Moyes has raided his former club after signing Marouane Fellaini in the summer.
The 19-year-old has burst on to the scene at Goodinson Park this season under Roberto Martinez, scoring two goals and looking dangerous with on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku.
Barkley has since earned his first England cap and has been called up to the senior squad for the crucial World Cup qualifiers against Montenegro and Poland this week.
Moyes is hoping a £20m bid will be enough to secure the starlet and hopes his ties with Everton will help keep Barkley out of Chelsea's clutches.
Jose Mourinho is also reportedly keen on signing England's new star and is prepared to go head-to-head with the Premier League champions in order to bring him to Stamford Bridge.