Manchester United appear close to making their first signing of what is sure to be a pivotal January transfer window.
According to the Daily Mail, the Red Devils are in talks to sign 17-year-old Croatian striker Robert Muric from Prva HNL champions Dinamo Zagreb.
Such reports also appear to claim that the proposed deal could represent somewhat of a bargain for Manchester United, with the £6 million rated starlet possibly available for just £300,000 in compensation.
Any deal for Muric could be difficult to complete, though, with an argument apparently brewing over just whether the player has signed professional forms.
Under the guidance of David Moyes, Manchester United, who suffered a demoralising 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Tottenham Hotspur yesterday, have endured an uncharacteristically underwhelming first half of the 2013/14 campaign.
After the Scot abjectly failed to land a number of his preferred targets during the summer window, his side have struggled badly to keep pace with their traditional title rivals and it is expected that he will look to re-invest heavily during the coming month.
Muric, who impressed for his country during the FIFA U17 World Cup United Arab Emirates this summer, would presumably be keen to test himself at the elite level.
However, Moyes will have to ensure he is able to strengthen other areas of the squad if he is to appease the growing number of supporters already showing their frustration at his disappointing start to life at Old Trafford.