A potential big money move for Manchester United is being discussed inside the Football Transfer Tavern, with Brian McNally of the Daily Mirror reckoning Sir Alex Ferguson has his eye on Newcastle United playmaker Yohan Cabaye.
United are in the market for a long-term successor to Paul Scholes, and Sir Alex reckons the 27-year-old Frenchman fits the bill.
The interest has become apparent after the United boss sent his most trusted scout – brother Martin – to cast his eye over Cabaye during Newcastle’s Europa League tie with Benfica on Thursday evening.
Martin Ferguson also ran the rule over Benfica pair Ezequiel Garay and Nicolas Gaitan, who have been interesting the United manager for quite some time.
Newcastle will be desperate to hold onto Cabaye, who has been a revelation since his switch to England in the summer of 2011.
United fans will remember him well for the spectacular free kick he scored against them in Newcastle’s 3-0 win last season.
It is going to be a tough deal for them to push through you feel, with Newcastle unwilling to budge on anything less than £20million.
Meanwhile, Portuguese winger Nani is expected to finally leave the club in the summer, with big spending Paris Saint-Germain reportedly interested in signing him.
United have Crystal Palace youngster Wilfried Zaha arriving in the summer, and now see Nani as surplus to requirements.