French reports have claimed to reveal the reason behind Manchester United's sudden interest in Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani.

According to Le 10 Sport, United may have been sounded out by Cavani's representatives as to the Uruguayan's potential willingness to move - either this month or this summer.

It goes on to cite a Le 10 Sport report from November that first broke the news that Cavani would be open to leaving PSG after becoming disillusioned with playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Cavani has occasionally played on the right wing, and the report claimed Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid were asked if they'd be interested in his signature.

They reportedly said they would consider a move if Cavani was still keen on a departure at the end of the season.

And the latest report now claims Manchester United's interest in the player has not been timed coincidentally either.

It suggests United have also been asked about their interest in Cavani, and have given a positive response regarding a bid.

Sir Alex Ferguson reportedly called Laurent Blanc earlier this month to ask about the striker, while David Moyes took a scouting trip to watch Bordeaux against Paris St-Germain.

Any deal would likely have to wait until the end of the current campaign, although Le 10 Sport notes United's urgent need for reinforcements may lead to a bid before the January deadline.

Cavani joined PSG for a fee around £55m last summer.

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