Manchester United are considering making a move for Lassana Diarra, according to The Guardian.
The Real Madrid midfielder - once of Chelsea, Arsenal and Portsmouth - has been linked with a move away from the Bernabeu for some time and seems destined to leave Spain this month.
Liverpool have reportedly been monitoring the 25-year-old, but Manchester United are said to be mulling over a £14 million offer for his services.
And The Guardian now reports that the Frenchman would be 'keen' on a move to Old Trafford, although Liverpool are thought to be contemplating battling for his signature with their fierce rivals.
Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be in the market for midfield reinforcements as he looks for long term replacements for United legend Paul Scholes and the injury stricken Owen Hargreaves.
The United boss has reportedly identified Diarra as a successor for Scholes in the heart of the midfield and is confident he can forge a formidable partnership at Old Trafford with Brazilian ace Anderson.
Diarra's previous Premier League experience appears to be proving an asset with both Liverpool and United regarding a move as minimal risk.
The France international could easily slot into the Liverpool midfield - adding extra steel to the side as Roy Hodgson looks to drag his team back into the upper reaches of the table.
The Liverpool boss is thought to be interested in added a proven holding midfielder to his squad to give more freedom to the likes of Steven Gerrard and Raul Meireles.
Liverpool have also been linked with Mamadou Sakho and Yann M'Vila in their pursuit of reinforcements.
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