Manchester United could be looking at PSV Eindhoven left-back, Jetro Willems, as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra.
Alex Ferguson sent his brother Martin, a United scout, to watch the 17-year-old as his team took on NAC Breda in which he set up a decisive goal in their 1-0 victory.
At the moment left-back is not problem for Ferguson as Evra is still one of the world’s best in that position, but all it would take is an injury or suspension to the 31-year-old to change the picture.
The only back-ups on that side of defence consist of the vastly inexperienced Ezekiel Fryers, 19, and the inconsistent but may still be promising Fabio da Silva.
Da Silva has yet to convince at the top level and Fryers only made his full debut recently when he came on as a substitute for Evra against Wolves.
The French international turns 31 in May, so is not over the hill just yet, but Ferguson will want to secure a successor especially as Willems is only four months into a three-year contract.
Willems is a Dutch youth international and has made 20 appearances in the Eredivisie, he has also been linked with Real Madrid so United will want to get their man before other teams learn of his talent and his price rises.