Manchester United and Newcastle are considering making bids for Mathieu Debuchy, after Lille indicated the France right-back would be allowed to leave in the summer transfer window.
The 26-year-old has enjoyed a fine campaign for Lille and is hoping to be named in France’s Euro 2012 squad.
He is keen to move on in the summer and reports in France suggest his club will sell if a £6.5million bid is received.
Scouts from a number of major teams have watched Debuchy this season, and both Bayern Munich and Valencia are known to be interested.
Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson travelled to France to see him in action when Lille faced Lyon in March and is now believed to be giving serious thought to making an offer.
Right-back has been a problem position for the Red Devils this term and Ferguson has been forced to deploy central defenders Phil Jones and Chris Smalling there.
Newcastle are in the market for a right-sided full-back as Danny Simpson is set to be sold after rejecting a contract offer.
The Magpies’ former Lille midfielder Yohan Cabaye recently told the Journal he had discussed life at Newcastle with Debuchy and that the defender would ‘love’ to join him at St James’ Park.
By METRO WEB REPORTER