Sir Alex Ferguson has expressed an interest in AC Milan's experienced defender Philippe Mexes in order to provide a quick fix to the defensive shortage at Old Trafford.

The first attempt will be to complete a loan deal for the 30-year-old as a temporary measure, but Milan may only be interested in a permanent deal. If so, then United officials could be willing to negotiate the move if at the right price.

United have a defensive casualty list as long as most teams whole defensive squad, they were forced to use midfielder Michael Carrick and winger Anotnio Valencia as defenders during their 1-0 defeat verses Everton on Monday evening.

Mexes comes full of experience being a French international. He has played at the highest level in Serie A and would be a more than capable choice to bring in to solve this problem. He has played over 450 professional matches in his career that stretches back to 1999 and has clocked up 29 international appearances with France.

The strong centre half is good in the air and offers great tackling ability and leadership qualities.

He had been linked with a move to Arsenal as part of a swap deal for Nicklas Bendtner but with the interest of Manchester United hovering over Mexes, he will be tempted by a move to the Red Devils.

United officials are working frantically through their shortlist as we enter the final two weeks of the transfer window. They are expected to bring in at least three more players and are desperate to land another centre midfielder before the 31st of this month.