Manchester United are reportedly tracking Dutch Eredivisie side PSV’s young left-back Jetro Willems as a long-term replacement option for Frenchman Patrice Evra who is now in his 30s. United would like to lure him away to Old Trafford before the 17-year-old’s price tag rises.

According to a previous Mirror report, United boss Sir Alex Ferguson had already sent his brother and United scout Martin to watch the Dutch starlet last weekend and monitor the player, and the reports he has received are enough to be interested in the teenager.

Although the boss has brought in a host of fresh faces to the club, he still feels that the squad lacks a long-term option who could fill in for Patrice Evra who himself plays a major role in United’s defense alongside the likes of Serbian skipper Nemanja Vidic and veteran Rio Ferdinand. United are hoping to bring in Willems and groom him so that he can adjust to the Premiership way of life before Evra retires.

However, it is yet to be seen if PSV agrees to let go of the teenager, who signed a three-year deal with the club when he joined from Sparta Rotterdam. United will be hopeful to bag the player before his price rises and other clubs starts showing their interest.

United are likely to place a bid for Willems in the new year, according to a report.