MANCHESTER UNITED aim to stay on the trail of Birmingham starlet Jude Bellingham, 16.
United coach Mike Phelan has again checked on the midfielder, though Blues do not plan to lose him in the near future.
Birmingham gave Bellingham an early start to life in the Football League with a debut in August less than two months after his 16th birthday.
On his home bow, the Stourbridge-born starlet netted a winner past Stoke to make himself the club’s youngest-ever scorer.
Such form earned a call-up to England’s Under-17 side and interest from top clubs.
As well as Manchester United, Bayern Munich are linked with a bid for Bellingham.
The German giants have a great record in plucking young gems and turning them into superstars, Canadian winger Alphonso Davies the latest example after his move from Vancouver Whitecaps last year.
In 21 appearances this season, Bellingham has two goals and an assist, his other strike coming in the narrow win at Charlton in September.
Birmingham sit 16th in the Championship table after a tricky run of three defeats in four under Pep Clotet.
Manchester United, meanwhile, are intent on reinforcing their squad this January with RB Salzburg teenager Erling Haaland one of several players linked.