Manchester United are reported to have sent scouts to watch French starlet Sofiane Feghouli in action.
The 19-year-old Grenoble playmaker is attracting interest from across Europe, with United the latest to join a long line of admirers.
The France U21 international is expected to spend another year in his homeland as he continues his learning curve in professional football, but is likely to be available in the summer of 2010.
By then the talented teenager will have become a free agent and admits that he would be willing to consider a new challenge elsewhere.
"We will take stock at the end of the season. I don't know what I will do yet," he said in Le 10 Sport.
United scouts are said to have overseen Feghouli in Coupe de France action against Raon-L'Etape last weekend.
However, the Red Devils have yet to make an approach to Grenoble and would likely face competition from Hull City, Ajax, Fiorentina, Lille and Marseille if they were to open discussions.