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Ben Davies emerges as Manchester United target

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Manchester United have joined the race to sign Swansea City defender Ben Davies, who is also a reported target for Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Daily Star on Sunday reports that Patrice Evra's imminent departure has forced the Premier League giants back into the transfer market for left-back cover, and the Swans star is the latest name in the frame for a move to Old Trafford.

New Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal has already completed the signing of Luke Shaw from Southampton in a £28 million deal, but will need another left sided full-back following the recent departure of Alex Buttner.

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Buttner was deemed surplus to requirements and granted a move to Dynamo Moscow, but that was before vice-captain Evra looked like leaving for Juventus.

The 33-year-old Frenchman only recently signed a 12-month contract extension at Manchester United, but is now verging on a transfer to Turin ahead of the 2014/15 campaign.

Big decision...

Davies will take some convincing to swap the Liberty Stadium for Old Trafford, knowing that he'll face stiff competition for a starting spot from England international Shaw.

He might well feel his future would be better served at Anfield or White Hart Lane, with the Daily Mail intimating that Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino wants to bring the player to north London.

Tottenham and Swansea have been locked in negotiations for several weeks, with Garry Monk's side demanding £10 million for his signature. An offer of £8 million has already been tabled but the side from South Wales are holding out for a £2 million improvement.

Negotiations continue

Swans chairman Huw Jenkins is in a strong negotiating position given the fact the 21-year-old is under a long-term contract, and additional interest from Liverpool - as reported by the Daily Mirror - is helping to drive up the player's valuation.

Brendan Rodgers's search for left-back reinforcements at Liverpool this summer has taken him back to his former club, with the Wales international now eyed as an alternative to Alberto Moreno after Reds talks with Sevilla broke down.

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