Manchester United have joined Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham in the race to sign Watford midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure, reports say.
Jose Mourinho is searching the market for midfield reinforcements with Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini both set to leave Old Trafford in the summer.
Carrick will hang up his boots and immediately join the coaching staff at United, while Fellaini is expected to move to Italy having rejected multiple contract offers from Ed Woodward.
Napoli and Italy star Jorginho is attracting interest from the Red Devils, but the club are also eyeing a move for Doucoure, who has been one of the stars at Watford this season.
The Daily Mirror say scouts from Old Trafford watched the Frenchman in action last weekend as Watford clinched a 1-0 win over West Brom to pile further misery on bottom-placed manager Alan Pardew.
Watford will be reluctant to sell Doucoure on the cheap but when asked about his future at Vicarage Road recently, the 25-year-old said: ‘We’ll see what the state of play is in the summer and then we can ask questions.’
United’s quest to sign a midfielder has begun after Fellaini rejected a second offer to extend his contract.
Speaking last week, Mourinho admitted he was unsure whether the Belgian midfielder would indeed commit his future to the club.
‘Is he going to stay or leave? I don’t know,’ he said. ‘I want him to stay, the club want him to stay. ‘The process, the negotiations, the numbers, the distances between the offer and what he wants, I really don’t know.’