Arsenal and Manchester City are circling for Manchester United contract rebel Paul Pogba.

The 18-year-old midfielder only joined United in 2009, when the Red Devils were accused of 'poaching' the player by his former club Le Havre, but his contract runs out in the summer and negotiations over a new deal have stalled.

Pogba, who impressed after coming off the bench in United's otherwise poor Carling Cup quarter-final defeat to Crystal Palace, is available to speak to clubs from January.

His hero, Patrick Vieira, is a high-profile figure at City and could be key to luring Pogba across Manchester to Eastlands, according to the Independent.

Arsenal are also interested in the powerful youngster.