Manchester United are ready to make a move in January and try to beat Arsenal and Chelsea to the signing of Atletico Madrid striker Diego Costa.
According to the Express, David Moyes is getting desperate after Swansea City handed Manchester United a fourth defeat in six matcheds at Old Trafford on Sunday in the FA Cup third round.
The reprot claims the Red Devils' manager is considering an approach for in-form Costa in the winter transfer window, though the Spain international is also being chased by both Arsene Wenger and Jose Moourinho.
The Gunners boss has a severe shortage of senior centre-forwards in his squad and two of the three candidates to stand in for the overburdened Olivier Giroud are currently out injured. Wenger is reportedly considering activating Costa's £32million buy-out clause in a bid to add firepower to his forward line and maintain Arsenal's title challenge.
Chelsea don't have a shortage of strikers but do have a shortage of in-form centre-forwards; Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto'o and Demba Ba have all failed to perform consistently so far this season.
The report credits Mourinho with an interest in the 25-year-old who has already scored 19 goals in only 18 La Liga starts so far this season, though all three Premier League rivals may struggle to land the Brazil-born striker in January.
Atletico Madrid sporting director Jose Caminero recently insisted Costa was happy at the Vicente Calderon and was sure he would not be going anywhere in January.