Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on French international defender Adil Rami.
The 25-year-old centre back has been earning rave reviews in La Liga this season, signing for Valencia back in January before returning to Lille at the end of the last campaign on loan.
After successfully completing a fresh medical in June, his performances have impressed at the Mestalla, leading to reports in the Spanish press that Manchester United have taken a close interest in the former Fréjus starlet.
The speculation goes on to suggest that a €25 million release clause exists in Rami's contract, making the defender expensive but not out of the Red Devils' price range should Sir Alex Ferguson look to pursue his interest in January.
The Scot has a handful of options in defence at Old Trafford, with Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans all vying for first team action within the Manchester United squad.
However, recent questions over Ferdinand's future with the Red Devils have been raised, and speculation over the future of club captain Vidic at Manchester United means a changing of the guard could be in process.
Rami has emerged as one of the United options, although it remains unclear if Ferguson will follow-up the interest with Los Che in January.