Manchester United are watching young Serbian midfielder Alen Stevanivic, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
Stevanovic, currently at Italian Serie B side Torino, has been much-traveled for one so young. After moving to Inter in 2010, he was then signed by Torino before being loaned out to MLS side Toronto. The 21-year-old was recalled by his Italian side for this season and has been in impressive form this campaign, helping Torino to top spot in Italy's second tier.
Although Stevanovic was born in Switzerland, he began his career in Serbia and has already represented their under-21 side.
Stevanovic would apparently be available for £6 million. United, though, can expect plenty of competition for his signature, with Stevanovic reportedly being scouted by all of the Barclays Premier League's top six clubs.
While United are certainly always on the lookout for young talent, this deal would appear to be at best some way off at this stage.
Manchester United may also be wary of spending relatively large sums on an unproven talent, following their, thus-far disastrous, signing of Bebe for £7 million 18 months ago. Bebe looked completely unprepared for top level soccer and has been shipped off to Turkish side Bursaspor on loan for this season.
Manchester United have also had a bad experience signing Serbian youngsters in the past. Manager Sir Alex Ferguson signed winger Zoran Tosic for decent money back in 2009, but the youngster proved to be a flop at Old Trafford. It appears United were so scarred by this deal that they then cancelled a previously agreed deal to bring in fellow Serbian up-and-comer Adem Ljajic.
The Daily Mail is also reporting today that Manchester United scouts are watching Spanish right back Tito. The 26-year-old was apparently watched during Rayo's 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid on Sunday.
United's right back slot is currently up for grabs, with Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Rafael all enjoying games in that position this season.