Manchester United are pushing ahead with a move for Everton right-back Seamus Coleman, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror suggests that the defending Premier League champions are moving forward with a £15 million summer move for the player after manager David Moyes was given the green light to pursue such a deal by the club's board.
Indeed, the same source even cited insiders at Old Trafford that appear to claim that Manchester United may already have an initial outline agreement in place with Everton for Coleman's services.
Such news may come as somewhat of a shock to Manchester United fans, given that it was only earlier today that speculation suggested that the Toffees were preparing a new deal for Coleman in order to potentially ward off such transfer speculation, with Arsenal - along with Manchester City - also credited with an interest.
Manchester United's need for defensive strengthening is clear, with first-choice right-back Rafael hugely unconvincing in the defeat to Liverpool on Sunday, captain Nemanja Vidic set to join Inter Milan in the summer and doubts continuing to surround the future of Patrice Evra.
25-year-old Coleman joined Everton from Sligo Rovers back in 2009 and has gone from strength-to-strength at Goodison Park.
This season in particular he has shone, with the Republic of Ireland international receiving a plethora of plaudits from fans and pundits alike for a series of rampaging performances down the right-hand flank.
Coleman could well be a perfect fit for Manchester United, particularly given that Moyes - providing he lasts until the summer, of course - has first-hand experience of his considerable talents dating back from his time in charge on Merseyside.
Whether the likes of Arsenal intend to make a bid of their own for Coleman, however, remains to be seen.
But with it looking increasingly likely that defensive stalwart Bacary Sagna could depart the Emirates Stadium with his contract set to expire at the end of the season, Arsene Wenger could be wise to pursue a deal.
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