Manchester United considering bid for PSG's Edinson Cavani - sources

Manchester United are contemplating an official bid for Paris Saint-Germain's Edinson Cavani, sources have told ESPN FC, with the Uruguayan striker extremely keen on a move to Old Trafford.

The 28-year-old's representatives initiated the contact with the Old Trafford hierarchy, hoping to rekindle United's previous interest in the player, and there is an increasing feeling at the Premier League club that he may provide a solution to their striking problems.

Louis van Gaal's side have become notorious for their failure to score this season -- especially in the first half at home -- as well as a lack of urgency and pace in attack, and the feeling is that the Uruguayan striker can add both.

United have a long-standing interest in Cavani, with former manager David Moyes having considered a move in 2013 after watching the striker a number of times.

Cavani has a healthy strike-rate since moving to PSG from Napoli in 2013, having hit 69 goals in 120 games. That is despite reported discontent over his position in the side, with Cavani often moved wider to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The change in role has occasionally brought inconsistencies in his play, and he has been in the spotlight after missing some big chances in big games, but United are primarily interested in the extra dimension he can give the attack through his pace.

PSG have previously been reluctant to sell Cavani despite interest from a number of clubs, but they may seek to further replenish and refresh their squad in the summer, and removing a high earner could greatly aid that.