Rarely fighting on the same fronts on the transfer market due to budgetary reasons, Manchester United and Everton have found themselves brought into a very busy affair.

The situation revolves around Joël Ngoya, currently contracted to Lille in France, but not for much longer.

Still on a youth deal, the midfielder was expecting a first professional contract offer from his club before the deadline of April 30th, but it never arrived.

A bit hurt by that, Ngoya has now decided to look elsewhere to continue his promising career, and France Football report on Monday a number of clubs, including Manchester United and Everton, have been contacted.

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The French newspaper state the Old Trafford and Goodison Park residents have been ‘sounded out’ (we’re guessing by the player’s entourage) and ‘seem willing to look closer’ at the 18-year-old.

However, if they do and like what they see, they’ll have to fight off the likes of Arsenal, Hoffenheim, Nice, Bordeaux, Rennes, Lyon, Atlético Madrid and Valencia, just to name a few.

And that’s not mentioning Marseille, who ‘should formulate an offer in the coming days’.

So if United and Everton do want Ngoya, they’ll have to act relatively swiftly.