Zenit are eyeing a January swoop for Manchester United target Manolo Gabbiadini, according to Russian sources picked up by talkSPORT.
21-year-old Gabbiadini, who has been with current employers Sampdoria since the club moved to acquire 50% of his registration rights - with the other half belonging to reigning champions Juventus - in July, has suitably impressed fans at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris with two goals in his first seven games accompanying a succession of promising performances.
talkSPORT claim that the Italian international has been monitored by Premier League title holders United ever since he managed to secure himself a first-team berth at Serie A outfit Atalanta back in 2010.
And despite having only been with current employers Sampdoria since the summer, those aforementioned Russian sources picked up by talkSPORT claim that Gabbiadini has emerged as a transfer target for Zenit boss Luciano Spalletti.
The same report suggests that the Russian side - who finished runners-up to CSKA Moscow in the Premier League last season - believe that a bid valued at around the £10 million mark may be enough to secure the player's services.
With David Moyes rumoured to be back in the transfer market to considerably boost his squad when the window re-opens in the new year, it remains to be seen if he intends to act on United's apparent long-standing interest in Gabbiadini.