Manchester City have identified Montpellier attacker Younes Belhanda as a possible summer transfer target, according to The Daily Mail.
The Etihad Stadium outfit have their hearts set on signing Lille’s prodigious talent Eden Hazard, but will face competition from some of Europe’s top teams for his signature.
It is believed that Belhanda is a fall-back option for the current Premier League leaders should a move for Hazard not materialise.
The Morocco international has been pivotal in unexpectedly leading Montpellier to the top of Ligue 1 title this term, chipping in with 12 goals and being shortlisted for the Young Player of the Year award in France.
Belhanda has also been tracked by a number of other leading European sides, and has a transfer value of around £10 million.
The African is adept on either flank or as a second striker, and will be considered by City should Hazard chose to sign for another club.
By Gareth McKnight