Germany are considering making an approach for Werder Bremen's Danish defender Jannik Vestergaard as the player is still eligible to play for the world champions, HITC Sport understands from sources.
The highly-rated 23-year-old has caught the eye for club and country over the last 12 months with a number of impressive performances, including being named in the Team of the Tournament at this summer's European Under-21s Championships.
Vestergaard, who joined Werder Bremen from Hoffenheim last January, was linked with moves to both Everton and Newcastle United during the summer transfer window, by the Express, but Bremen managed to keep hold of the commanding central defender.
However, it is not just clubs sitting up and taking notice of Vestergaard's progress, with scouts of World Cup holders Germany being alerted to his potential availability.
Vestergaard, who was born in Denmark, is also eligible to represent Germany through his mother, and Joachim Low is understood to have his backroom team keeping tabs on the player as he weighs up a call-up for the defender.
Despite having represented Denmark all the way up from the Under-18s to the senior side, Vestegaard would still be able to change his international allegiance because he has not played a competitive game for the senior Danish team as yet
Under FIFA rules, friendly match appearances do not commit a player to one country, meaning Vestergaard could still play for Germany if they make an approach.
Germany have previous experience of this as Jermaine Jones played three friendlies for Germany in 2008 before pledging his international allegiance to the USA in 2010.
Denmark would be loath to see Vetergaard slip through their net, but they could face a major battle to keep hold of the player should Germany decide to follow up their interest.