Report: Manchester United and Arsenal step up interest in Nicolas N'Koulou

The Cameroonian central defender has been linked with a transfer to Manchester United.

N’Koulou, who currently plays for Marseille in Ligue 1, is away on international duty with Cameroon at the Africa Cup of Nations.

After breaking through the youth academy at Monaco, the 24-year-old signed for L’OM in the summer of 2011. He has since made 159 appearances for Marcelo Bielsa’s side, but a report in Italian media outlet TMW has outlined that the Red Devils have ramped up their interest in the centre-back ahead of a potential January transfer, along with Premier League rivals Arsenal.

Earlier this season, West Ham were linked with a move for the 59-capped Cameroonian international, with talkSPORT outlining that Sam Allardyce had a long-term interest in N’Koulou as a replacement for Winston Reid, who looks set to leave the Boleyn Ground over the summer. That same report also mentioned a passing interest from Arsenal, and, whilst it appears as if West Ham have now looked elsewhere for January signings, the Gunners look to have increased their interest in an already busy transfer window.

With United keen on strengthening their back-line after a series of woeful performances brought on by injury and lack of leadership, N’koulou looks to be a prime target, having played exceptionally well this term. He has registered 17 league appearances for the side fighting for the Ligue 1 championship, and his loss to the Africa Cup of Nations recently has been felt.

With a dearth of high quality central defenders available on the market this month, United could do much worse than to look at making a concrete offer for N’Koulou, and, with Arsenal seemingly set to sign Gabriel Paulista - as per the BBC - the Red Devils might just have the best chance to secure the 24-year-old’s signature.

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