According to the reports, Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford reportedly emerged as a possible target for Manchester United earlier this summer.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has had to contend with uncertainty around the future of David de Gea, who now has less than a year left on his contract.
There would likely have been a time when United were considering cashing in on the long-serving stopper, leading to potential replacements being identified by the Premier League giants.
The Athletic claims that United were almost ready to launch an approach for Pickford before August’s transfer deadline.
However, that idea was seemingly shelved, and the North-West giants are said to be on the brink of announcing that they have agreed fresh terms with De Gea.
Meanwhile, Man United chief Ed Woodward is restarting the club’s hunt for a new director of football and has reportedly made former goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar his top target.
The executive vice-chairman has been looking to overhaul United’s approach to recruitment for some time, though paused his plans during the summer transfer window.
The Dutchman is currently the CEO of Ajax – a role similar to that which Woodward has at Old Trafford – though he would be tasked with overseeing and refining United’s approach to recruitment.