Everton are the favourites to provide Wes Brown with a new challenge.
Goodison boss David Moyes has enjoyed successful business with Sir Alex Ferguson taking Phil Neville, Tim Howard and Louis Saha from Old Trafford.
Now he wants 32-year-old Brown to add backbone to his defence and the switch would suit Brown who is not keen to uproot from his Cheshire home.
That desire has already blown Sunderland’s hopes of capturing the Mancunian and Everton’s keen interest is likely to ruin Bolton’s plans to lure Brown to the Reebok.
Aston Villa could though still try their hand to persuade the defender to move to the Midlands.
Villa Park’s controversial new boss Alex McLeish has had his cross-city switch from Birmingham backed by Fergie who was his boss at Aberdeen in the Dons glory days.
Like Moyes, McLeish has done business with his old manager taking Ben Foster from the Reds to St Andrews last summer.
Moyes has identified Brown, who fell out of favour at the Reds this season, as a potential replacement if Arsenal pursue their interest in Everton’s England centre back Phil Jagielka.
Arsene Wenger backed out of a move for Jagielka 12 months ago but defensive deficiencies cost the Gunners dearly in the Premier League and Carling Cup final and the Frenchman is looking to cure their Achilles heel.