Manchester United are leading the race to sign French midfielder Yann M'Vila, according to reports.
The 20-year-old Rennes star has been linked with a string of clubs across Europe, with Real Madrid, AC Milan and Atletico Madrid all thought to be keen on the player.
However, reports in France claim that Manchester United are now 'favourites' to land the player, with claims that the Red Devils have made contact with the Ligue 1 side over a potential £15 million move.
Click Manchester go on to claim that Sir Alex Ferguson sees the defensive midfielder as an ideal replacement for Owen Hargreaves, who is out of contract this summer and set to make a permanent Manchester United exit.
With eight international caps to his name, the youngster has already impressed at both domestic and international level, and admitted at the end of April that his future is currently uncertain.
"A new deal? I don't know so far. My advisors told me not to get angry but to work hard on the pitch," he told L'Equipe.
"I still have to improve a lot, it could be at Rennes or somewhere else."
Tottenham Hotspur, West Bromwich Albion, Aston Villa and Liverpool are all thought to have sent people from England to monitor the player, whose style of play is thought to suit the Barclays Premier League perfectly.
Manchester United have the advantage of offering Champions League football, as well as trophies in the cabinet and appear to be in the best position to sign the player.
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