Manchester United are in contact with the Brazilian FA over a deal to bring Cruzeiro forward Everton Ribeiro to Old Trafford in the upcoming transfer window.

Ribeiro, 24, enjoyed a hugely successful last campaign with Cruzeiro helping the club win the 2013 Brasileiro Serie A title and catching the eye of United scouts in the process.

However Ribeiro is only 60 per cent owned by Cruzeiro, with the other 40 per cent owned by a third party - something which would break Premier League rules.

According to reports in Brazil, United have begun talks with the Brazilian FA and are looking for the best solution in attempting to bring the former Corinthians man to England.

Cruzeiro are bracing themselves for a £7m bid from United as David Moyes looks to freshen up his forward line in the new year.

Ribeiro has netted 15 times in 53 league appearances for Cruzeiro, who are desperate to keep hold of their star man.

However their hopes of Ribeiro staying at the Mineirao beyond the January transfer window seem to be dwindling after he stated his desire to play for the Premier League champions.