The Mirror are reporting that Manchester United are lining up Celtic left-back Kieren Tierney for a January transfer to Old Trafford as their first choice option, Danny Rose, could prove too expensive.
With Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw struggling for form, José Mourinho could look to the 20-year-old to do a job for the Reds as they look to cement second place in the league.
The young Scotsman has impressed for the Hoops, being named in the team of the Champions League group stages, and is thought to have a £25 million price tag on his head. However large that valuation might seem, it pales in comparison to the £50 million allegedly needed to prise England left-back Rose from Tottenham Hotspur.
In recent times United's left-back position has seen numerous candidates with the likes of Ashley Young and Daley Blind deputising for the Manchester club, but it is thought that Mourinho would like a player to come in and make the position their own and while Rose would be a Premier League proven talent, it could prove difficult to prise the left back from the notoriously tight-fisted Daniel Levy.
Tierney would certainly represent a risk, especially at £25 million, but the Isle Of Man born footballer has shown a lot of promise in his short career at the Bhoys, skippering the side at just 20 years of age as well as gaining nine caps for the Scottish football team.
Tierney signed a six year contract last October and has already racked up 110 appearances for the Hoops scoring six goals in the process.
But, what do Man United fans make of this link? With mammoth fees being paid out for the likes of Van Djik and Kyle Walker you could argue that United simply need to stump up the money for Rose rather than take a (very pricy) gamble on Tierney. With the 27-year-old Rose, the Reds could have the left-back position sewn up for three years at least. Tierney on the other hand, has his whole career ahead of him and but perhaps United should let the Scotland left back mature before they pluck him from the comfort of the Scottish Premier League and drop him into the pressure cooker of the English top tier.