Lille defensive midfielder Idrissa Gueye has admitted that joining Manchester United would be a dream come true.
The 25-year-old Senegal international claims he has always supported the Premier League giants and feels great affection for them.
"Joining Manchester United would be a dream," he was quoted as telling BeIN Sports journalist Margot Dumont. "I've always supported them. I adore them."
Gueye previously linked with Arsenal
Gueye was linked with a move to Arsenal last year, but a move to the Emirates Stadium failed to materialise for the midfielder who was born in Dakar, the same city as Gunners' legend Patrick Vieira.
He made his Lille debut in 2010 and was part of the league and cup double-winning team that lit up Ligue 1 in 2011 - the same side as both Eden Hazard and Yohan Cabaye.
Gueye is now one of the first names in the Lille team-sheet, having made 24 league appearances this season, scoring three goals in the process.
Van Gaal wants a new central midfielder
Whether Manchester United are interested in the tough-tackling midfielder is unclear, although it's understood that Louis van Gaal is in the market for a new central midfielder.
The likes of Paul Pogba, Kevin Strootman and Radja Nainggolan have all been linked with United in recent months, but the lesser-known Gueye would command a lower transfer fee than the aforementioned trio.
It was reported last year that Arsenal were preparing a £5.7 million offer for the African midfielder, although it's safe to assume that fee has since risen thanks to his performances over the past 12 months.
But do United really need a new midfield enforcer, what with Ander Herrera, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind all at Van Gaal's disposal?
It could be argued they do. Carrick isn't getting any younger, Herrera plays better when he has someone more defensively-minded alongside him, Fellaini has looked far more effective in the final third of the pitch, while Blind looked more assured playing at left-back against Tottenham than he has all season in defensive midfield.
The next Djemba-Djemba?
But United fans will be hoping for a new star name and may fear Gueye lacks the profile to establish himself as a regular starter at Old Trafford.
The last time United signed an African midfielder from Ligue 1 it turned out to be an unmitigated disaster.
Cameroon international Eric Djemba-Djemba was signed by Sir Alex Ferguson as a potential successor for Roy Keane, but spent two disappointing years with the Red Devils before being offloaded to Aston Villa.
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