Manchester United have taken the first tentative steps towards turning their reported interest in Ghanaian midfielder Bernard Mensah into something more concrete, according to reports from Africa.
The 20-year-old currently plays his football for Vitoria Guimaraes in Portugal and has attracted interest from several Premier League clubs.
Manchester United are believed to be among those interested parties, with the player likely to have caught the eye of Louis van Gaal during his younger days in Holland with Feyenoord.
And it would appear that the Red Devils are moving forward with plans for a move, with Allsports.com.gh reporting that United have made enquiries regarding the availability of Mensah.
Speaking exclusively to the website, the midfielder shed some light on the situation.
"I haven't spoken to any official from Manchester United but I understand some of their people have spoken to Guimaraes,” he told the news provider.
“All the same, I am fully focused on Guimaraes and I want help this team to reach a higher level.”
Born in Accra, Ghana, Mensah spent two years in Rotterdam with Feyenoord as a teenager before moving to Portugal.
Since making his debut for Vitoria Guimaraes back in August 2014, the midfielder has scored five goals in some 29 appearances and has attracted admiring glances from across the continent.
La Liga outfit Valencia are reportedly among those keen on landing the Ghanaian while French side Lyon and Italian giants Inter Milan have both been linked with moves for the youngster.
West Ham are also thought to be keeping tabs on the African, with the Mirror reporting as much back in February.
Mensah made an electric start to his career with Vitoria, scoring on his debut and then adding a brace in his second appearance for the club.
The 20-year-old has also found the net against Porto this season and could prove to be a canny addition to the Manchester United squad.