Manchester United are lining up a summer move for Nottingham Forest defender Jamaal Lascelles, reports The Metro.
The aforementioned publication suggests that scouts have been assigned by the Red Devils to watch the centre-back for the rest of the season as David Moyes plots a move for him at the end of the season.
20-year-old Lascelles, a product of Nottingham Forest's youth system, has been in impressive form during the 2013/14 campaign to date, making 16 appearances as Billy Davies' side - who currently lie fifth in the Championship table - look to mount a serious bid for promotion to the Premier League.
His robust and mature displays in the heart of Forest's defence has seen him become the subject of sustained transfer speculation, with Arsenal said to have made a bid for his services during the recent January transfer window.
Manchester United's need for a new centre-back is clear, with Serbian international and captain Nemanja Vidic having recently announced his intention to depart Old Trafford once his contract expires following the climax of the season.
However, given what Manchester United and Moyes would be losing in a player of Vidic's proven class and experience, it could certainly be argued that they need more than Lascelles who is yet to test himself at the top level.
Arsenal, meanwhile, boast arguably one of the strongest central defensive partnerships in the Premier League in the form of Laurent Koscielny and Per Mertesacker, yet possess limited cover and this could be something Arsene Wenger is keen to address.
Lascelles, a former England youth international who is reportedly rated at up to £15 million, could have a decision to make on his future during the summer but for now will be focused on ensuring Forest can end their long top-flight exile.