Old Trafford club planning Spurs raid.
Manchester United are ready to go head-to-head with PSG for the signature of Tottenham left-back Benoit Assou-Ekotto, fanatix has learnt.
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The Red Devils are in search of a new left-back and are believed to be ready to test Spurs’ resolve with a bid of £7m in the summer.
Assout-Ekotto has spent most of this season sidelined with a knee complaint and in his absence first Jan Vertonghen and now Kyle Naughton have shone.
The French-born left-back dismissed competition from Naughton on Tuesday, insisting that the youngster was ‘not a proper left-back’ but it is understood that Spurs head-coach Andre Villas-Boas is reluctant to drop the 24-year-old Englishman.
United have been alerted to Assou-Ekotto position and boss Sir Alex Ferguson is considering moving for the former Lens player at the end of the current campaign.
The Old Trafford club are looking for a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra, 31 but top target Leighton Baines, of Everton, is proving too expensive.
Summer signing Alexander Buttner has failed to impress Ferguson and the Dutchman has made just one Premier League appearance this season.
With Younes Kaboul set to return to action in February and Belgian Toby Alderwiereld a summer target, the Villas-Boas is likely to have a number of defensive options to choose from next term and could allow Assou-Ekotto to depart, particularly if mega-rich PSG enter the bidding.
The Parisiens were interested in Chelsea’s Ashley Cole but the England international signed a new contract earlier this week.
The Parc des Princes club are searching for a replacement for their own talented but ageing left-back Maxwell, 31, and believe Assou-Ekotto could complement their star-studded squad.
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