Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has targeted Everton midfielder Jack Rodwell for a summer move to Old Trafford and, reportedly, is prepared to shell out £25 million for the England international.
Ferguson has monitored the 20-year-old, who is now a part of the senior England setup under Fabio Capello, and is certain that he can lure away the youngster with a big-money proposition to the Merseyside side. Rumors have suggested that Rodwell may also be selected for England's Euro 2012 finals squad.
Everton, currently, however, sits just above the relegation zone, and manager David Moyes has struggled to add big names to the squad mainly due to the lack of funds. Life has turned harder for the Merseyside team with the loss of the talented Spaniard Mikel Arteta to Arsenal.
United have harbored a host of young talents in their team with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and David de Gea. Ferguson has been impressed with the form of Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck and is now looking forward to add Rodwell to the squad with long-term plans.
Everton could lose Rodwell if the club fails to secure a European qualification spot in the end of the season, according to a Caughtoffside report.
Rodwell, since he signed a professional contract with Everton in 2007, has made 104 appearances for the club and, although he plays as a defensive midfielder, has managed to score nine times.