Roma defender Mehdi Benatia wanted by Manchesrer United

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Manchester United manager David Moyes is looking to bolster his defence with the acquisition of AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia

Mehdi Benatia, 26, started his career in France and despite being on the books with Marseille, a lack of game time meant he dropped down a division to play for Clermont.

After impressing in France’s second tier Udinese came in for the defender. Despite initially confirming the transfer in February, 2010, Benatia didn’t go to the Italian side until the following summer.

The 6ft 4inch centre back spent 3 years at Italy’s second oldest club, helping the side finish in the European places. Impressing both in Serie A and in the Europa League, Benatia became a wanted man and ended up moving to AS Roma last summer.

The in-form defender has only been playing in the Italian capital for Serie A side AS Roma for 5 months; however that is unlikely to stop Manchester United tempting him away.

The French born Moroccan international was a summer transfer target for David Moyes whilst at Udinese, although the defender decided to stay in Serie A and sign for the giallorossa for a reported £11m

The Moroccan international has been an important part of Rudi Garcia’s early season table-toppers and has helped the side preserve their current unbeaten run.

The defender has started all but one of Roma’s 16 league matches and alongside impressive Brazilian defender Leandro Castan the pair have helped a watertight Roma defence concede just 7 goals.

Manchester United, despite not conceding a host of goals themselves, will be looking to strengthen their back line as the ageing Rio Ferdinand (35) and Nemanja Vidic aren’t the players they used to be and are on the slow decline.

The Red Devils do have other central defenders in their ranks, but each has possible flaws that disregard them as established first team regulars. Is Jonny Evans good enough? Is Chris Smalling Manchester United standard? Is Phil Jones’s best position at centre back?

These are questions that need solving and the fact that David Moyes is openly looking for a new centre half, perhaps those questions have already been answered. The Daily Mail and The Independent both report that a bid for the Moroccan is imminent.

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