Harry Maguire has dropped a tantalising hint that he would be open to a move to Manchester United this summer.
The Leicester City defender was one of Englandâ€™s most impressive performers as they reached the semi-finals of the World Cup, and that has sparked interest from rival clubs.
According to the Manchester Evening News, Maguire fits the profile for the ideal defender United want to sign this summer – aged between 23 and 29, played in the Premier League, Serie A, La Liga or the Bundesliga, as comfortable with the ball at his feet as he is making a headed clearance.
He also offers a real threat at set-pieces – something United boss Jose Mourinho has lamented since taking over at Old Trafford.
And responding to speculation about a possible ÂŁ65m move to United, Maguire told the Sun: â€śEvery player wants to play at the highest level. Iâ€™ve just come back from playing at a World Cup, where I really enjoyed the high pressure of the games. It was something I really thrived off.
â€śLeicester have been unbelievable to me and Iâ€™m really happy there but Iâ€™m also an ambitious player and everyone wants to play at the top.â€ť
Maguire, aged 25, joined the Foxes from relegated Hull City this time last year for around ÂŁ17m with Stoke City apparently interested tooâ€¦ until they learned that Kevin Wimmer was available for ÂŁ18m!
Stokeâ€™s hopes of recruiting defender James Chester from Aston Villa could be hampered by reports that Arsenal legend Thierry Henry is ready to take his first managerial job with Aston Villa.
With new majority shareholders at Villa Park apparently ready to bankroll a Premier League promotion push, the Star claims Henry has â€śverbally agreedâ€ť to replace Steve Bruce as manager.
They add: â€śBruce remains in charge, but new majority shareholders Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens are unconvinced he is the right man to take the Villans back to the Premier League. And they have already turned to Henry, who announced after the World Cup, where he was on the Belgium coaching staff, that he wants to be a full-time manager.â€ť
However, all transfer dealings are apparently on hold at Villa Park while Sawiris, a member of Egyptâ€™s richest family, and Edens, co-owner of US basketball team the Milwaukee Bucks, resolve the managerial situation.
And that means Gary Rowettâ€™s hopes of landing Chester could be left in limbo with less than two weeks to go before the start of the new Championship season.