Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is set to bid for Dinamo Zagreb starlet Mateo Kovacic.

Ferguson had scouts check on the teen in Champions League action against Real Madrid earlier this month.

Dinamo have confirmed United's interest, with the Premier League giants regularly asking for tickets for their scouts.

Kovacic's camp also are in contact with United and it's understood the midfielder, 17, favours a move to England once he decides to leave Zagreb.

Ferguson isn't likely to move for Kovacic until the summer, unless the likes of Bayern Munich and Arsenal force him to bring forward his plans.