Manchester United have been linked with Seamus Coleman in recent weeks, and now the Manchester Evening News say the Red Devils are confident that they can reach a deal for the Everton right back.
United have struggled to find a true replacement for Gary Neville, with the likes of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Rafael and Antonio Valencia have all shared the responsibility in recent years.
Louis van Gaal splashed out £27m on Luke Shaw in the summer to land the left back of the future, but right back continues to be a concern.
Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne has been linked with a move to follow Shaw from the South Coast up to Old Trafford, and his performance against United on Sunday should have impressed van Gaal.
However, it appears that Coleman is United's right back of choice - despite Everton manager Roberto Martinez telling press this morning that he isn't interested in selling his top players, as reported by the Liverpool Echo today.
"I’m not entertaining the speculation of big sales. We are not going to sell our big assets at the club during the January window," said Martinez. "So all of those stories, admirations or efforts from outside is just a waste of time. I’ve said before that we’re in a position where all it matters is to get a strong momentum in the league and be as good as we can be in the cups."
Despite those comments, the Manchester Evening News believe that United remain confident of bringing Coleman to Old Trafford, with a £25m bid speculated by the well respected newspaper.
The Irish international, 26, has established himself as one of the top right backs in the Premier League in the last 18 months, whilst his history of playing on the right of midfield also lends itself to play at wing back - something van Gaal will value highly given the 3-4-1-2 system he uses regularly.