Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson retains interest in Chelsea star Ashley Cole.

The Daily Mail says Ferguson has made a replacement for first-choice left back Patrice Evra a top priority, with Chelsea's Cole, who is out of contract at the end of the season, an option for Ferguson.

But he prefers Everton star Leighton Baines, even though he will face stiff competition for the 28-year-old in the transfer window.