Fergie back on Evra trail

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Manchester United are back on the trail of Monaco's Patrice Evra, according to French sources.

The hugely talented left back has never been short of admirers with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Internazionale, Liverpool and Arsenal all said to be keen.

United are known to have scouted Evra in the past, but Gabriel Heinze's arrival from Paris Saint Germain meant Sir Alex Ferguson's had other priorities.

However, Heinze's long-term knee injury means he will be sidelined for the rest of the season and perhaps beyond - so Ferguson is looking at options.

Evra also offers the option of being able to play in midfield - which is also sure to appeal to Ferguson who likes versatility in his players.

Should Ferguson pursue his interest in Evra then he could join fellow compatriot Mikael Silvestre at Old Trafford - although possibly not for long given that a deal for Spartak Moscow's central defender Nemanja Vidic is almost done.

Silvestre appears the most likely victim, if Vidic does arrive, and Lyon are already said to be showing an interest in the French international.

Gerard Houllier almost signed Silvestre when he was Liverpool boss, before United snatched him, and he is still known to be a big fan of the 28-year-old.