Both Premiership clubs are in the market for a new forward, with Huntelaar's characteristics fitting the bill for both United boss Sir Alex Ferguson and City's Sven Goran Eriksson.

Huntelaar has been likened to former United star Ruud van Nistelrooy and it his physical presence, as much as his prolific scoring record, which is attracting both Manchester clubs.

The News of the World says Ajax are welcoming a potential auction and rate Huntelaar in the £18 million class.