Makoun expects United move
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Manchester United are reportedly ready to launch a summer raid for Lille star Jean Makoun as they bid to resolve their midfield problems.
The Red Devils have been linked with a number of targets after failing to fill the void left by Roy Keane's departure, and Makoun has stated that his representatives have already met with the English giants regarding a summer transfer.
The 22-year-old recently starred in the African Cup of Nations for Cameroon and caught the eye of Sir Alex Ferguson in the two UEFA Champions League fixtures between the two sides earlier in the season.
Now Makoun says that he fully expects United to make a bid in the summer.
"I know that United are interested in me," Makoun is quoted as saying in The News of the World.
"They sent a scout to our game against Monaco last week, my agents have met United.
"Apparently they want to sign me for next season.
"There is no concrete offer for Lille but I know United will make one at the end of the season."
The Red Devils are also believed to be keen on Lyon star Mahamadou Diarra, St Etienne's Didier Zokora and Deportivo's Aldo Duscher, and yet another candidate has emerged in the form of Makoun's Lille team-mate Mathieu Bodmer.
The 23-year-old signed a new contract in December to ward off interest from Arsenal, but the player has revealed the new deal has a buy-out clause which could be attractive to United.
"I've a clause in my contract that allows me to go if a club offers £5.5 million," said Bodmer.