Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed he intends to sign a new left-back.
Ferguson has loaned his main cover in the shape of Fabio to Queens Park Rangers for next season.
He has a number of youngsters capable of filling in, but with Patrice Evra the only senior left-back he is ready to bolster his options.
Everton's Leighton Baines has been linked with a move to Old Trafford all summer, and Ferguson admits he will be looking at that area.
Asked if he would be signing a left-back he confirmed: "Yes. We have two young lads we gave a bit of time to against AmaZulu [their first pre-season friendly] but they are young.
"Patrice will be all right. He's shown he has a resilience about him and has a great attitude to playing, but he is 31 next month."
Ferguson admitted it can be an issue attracting a player when he has to compete with Evra - who is a virtual ever-present when fit.
"That's a possibility," he said.
"But we are not at the stage where we're assessing that. It's not an easy decision to make."