If the latest reports are to be believed, English Premier League heavyweight Manchester United are preparing to bring in more young blood into the team. Currently, the Red Devils have been linked with Birmingham City's U21 goalkeeper Jack Butland and Crystal Palace's young defender Nathaniel Clyne.
The reports have revealed that United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to join the bidding war for the $4.79 million (£3 million) Birmingham goalkeeper Butland who is currently serving his second loan spell in League Two side Cheltham Town.
The player was picked up by United's goalkeeping coach Eric Steele whom Ferguson had sent to make a personal check and report on the player's development in Cheltham's game at Rotherham. Butland, 19, has represented England at every level up to the under-21s but is yet to make a first-team appearance for Birmingham.
However, United are well aware that Birmingham City are cash-strapped at the moment and will look to make the most of the situation by signing the young goalkeeper. Birmingham themselves are expecting serious interest for the player in the summer and are even said to be ready to let go of the player if the club receives a fitting offer, according to Mirror Football report.
Elsewhere, the Red Devils are also expected to make a move for Crystal's Palace's 21-year-old star defender Nathaniel Clyne. United will be expecting to make a move as soon as possible as Clyne's contract is set to expire in the summer. It is also rumored that Ferguson will offer as much as $3.99 million (£2.5 million) for the youngster to avoid the clubs going to a tribunal for compensation, according to a Metro report.