Manchester United are reportedly preparing to make an initial move for Liverpool target Yann M'Vila.
The 20-year-old has been the subject of intense interest from a number of clubs in recent months and it appears the future of the Rennes midfielder could be in doubt.
According to The People, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson watched the Frenchman in action on Saturday - as did Liverpool director of football strategy Damien Comolli - and a bid could be in the offing in the summer.
It has been reported that Rennes value the combative midfield man at around €23 million, although it was suggested last week that Liverpool had tabled an offer for his services in the region of €11 million.
Liverpool are known to be keen to add a tough-tackler to their midfield ranks when the transfer window reopens and M'Vila could provide the Anfield club with exactly what they require.
The France international's style would seemingly be suited to the Barclays Premier League - something he readily admits himself.
"Which league do I watch on TV? The Premier League! It matches my game," he told L'Equipe.
"It is a warrior's game, where you have to show plenty of fighting spirit.
"I like to watch Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal and Chelsea, but also Manchester City.
"I'm a big fan of the English state of mind and tackling.
"You can't leave for a big club to be a substitute. I prefer to stay at my club to improve. I want to work more on the attacking aspect of my game - scoring and assisting."
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