Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is preparing a £15 million bid for Everton full-back Seamus Coleman after missing out on deals to sign both Dani Alves and Nathaniel Clyne.
That's according to the Sunday Mirror, who say that the Republic of Ireland international is the Red Devils' third-choice option for the vacant position on the right side of their defence.
Coleman was first courted by David Moyes during his ill-fated ten-month spell in charge at Old Trafford and the Premier League giants have continued to keep tabs on the 26-year-old ever since.
However, when it came to recruiting a new right-back in the forthcoming transfer window, the former Netherlands head coach had identified Alves as his preferred target before he penned a new contract with Barcelona.
England international Clyne had also been touted for a prospective switch to the Theatre of Dreams after it became apparent he would not be signing an extension to his current deal with Southampton.
However, the St Mary's starlet has opted instead to join Liverpool - a path well-trodden by former Saints players following their triple acquisition of Adam Lallana, Rickie Lambert and Dejan Lovren last summer.
That's prompted Manchester United to renew their interest in the versatile Toffees star, although they could face surprise competition from Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich, who have also been mooted as admirers of Coleman.
Roberto Martinez will do his best to keep the former Sligo Rovers starlet at Goodison Park, but with probable enquiries from European heavyweights to follow it's unlikely the player will be on Merseyside come the start of 2015/16.
Manchester United fans: Would you be pleased with the prospective signing of Seamus Coleman this summer? How does he compare to the likes of Dani Alves and Nathaniel Clyne? Have your say below...
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