Manchester United manager David Moyes undertook a trip to Italy in midweek to watch Juventus against Cagliari, but having seemingly been rebuffed in his advances for Paul Pogba and Arturo Vidal, a new name has been linked.
The Italian press now report that Manchester United have placed the Slovakian back high on their agenda with a view to a transfer.
Mediaset report that David Moyes is planning to personally scout the Napoli midfielder who has been at the club since 2007.
Hamsik has scored six goals this season and made just the one assist as he acclimatises to a new regime under Rafael Benitez, but has not played since November due to a toe injury.
Hamsik truly would be a superb signing for United, a player with a cutting edge who can turns games around.
It is certainly an ambitous move, and not one we believe has any chance of happening this January. With only the top three qualifying for Champions League football in Italy, Napoli are not about to sell one of their top stars mid-season.
It also remains to be seen whether Rafa Benitez would consider selling to old adversaries United or David Moyes.
United's ambition should be commended, and in the summer their chances may improve - but the Red Devils may be chasing up another blind alley.
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