MANCHESTER UNITED are set to suffer a transfer blow with target Isaac Lihadji braced to sign his first professional deal with Lille, according to reports.
The forward, who plays in attack and on the right, has been locked in talks with Marseille for months as he approaches his 18th birthday next month.
But it appears Lille have won the race according to French publication Le10Sport.
The French side, who sit fourth and seven points behind Marseille, are in advanced negotiations to land him on a long-term deal.
The reports add that Lille are in a much stronger financial position than Marseille while the player also wants to continue his progress in France.
Lihadji failed to receive reassurances over his role in Andre Villas Boas’ side.
Borussia Dortmund have also been monitoring his availability closely as they continue to sign the best young players from across Europe.
Lihadji only made his professional debut in September when he came on in the 0-0 draw with Dijon.
He made just his second and last appearance a month later in the 3-1 away loss to Amiens.
The news will come as a blow to United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer who wants to bolster his squad with young, upcoming talent.