Last Updated: Fri, 13 Apr 2012 11:52
Manchester United have confirmed their interest in signing in Lille starlet Eden Hazard but they face a battle to secure his signature.
A number of other clubs have also expressed their desire to sign the highly-rated Belgian international and a move from the French outfit seems certain this summer.
Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Tottenham have all checked on the 21-year-old in recent months and now United coach Rene Meulensteen has spoken of Sir Alex Ferguson's admiration for the player, although he has stressed the need to assess his character as well.
Meulensteen told Sky Sports News: "The manager wanted to see (Eden) Hazard by himself. That's a sign he thinks it's an interesting player. We talked a lot about him.
"For a club it's important that you keep refreshing your squad.
"Hazard is a special talent, but it always takes a while. As (an) example, we followed David de Gea for a long time before we got him.
"Ferguson wants to know the character of the player. Because of that he's going to look himself for players. Hazard is 'the man' at Lille. Ferguson wanted to see if that had an influence on him."
Hazard himself has previously spoken of his desire to move to the Premier League at the end of this season and United would certainly be a very tempting proposition for him as he looks to progress his career.
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