Manchester United are preparing a summer swoop for Pachuca midfielder Hector Herrera, according to reports in South America.

The 22-year-old was a key member of Mexico’s Olympic Gold Medal winning team over the summer, attracting the attention of a number of Premier League and European clubs.

Red Devils chief Sir Alex Ferguson was thought to be preparing a bid after the competition, but instead chose to pursue other options.

This left Herrera free to join Portuguese outfit Porto on a year-long loan deal.

However, reports are now circulating that the Scot may return with a bid at the end of the season.

It is expected that Herrera will leave Pachuca permanently sooner rather than later, and club president Jesus Martinez confirmed that there are many parties interested in the player’s signature:

“There is nothing concrete on the table but there are some attractive offers,” he is quoted by Esto.

“It’s not just Porto either, there is also an English and a French club who are interested.”

“We only want him to leave in June if it is a good deal.” (Daily Mail)

Herrera is renowned for being an all-round midfielder, with his ability to break up opposition attacks equal to his eye for the killer through ball.

It is thought that a bid in the region of £9m will be enough to secure his signature