Hector Moreno
Hector Moreno Reuters

Espanyol president Joan Collet has revealed the club has already received a formal opening bid for reported Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur target Hector Moreno.

Recent reports in Spain claim the Premier League giants are ready to battle for the Mexican international's services this summer as Mauricio Pochettino and Louis van Gaal are big admirers of the defender.

Indeed, the Spurs boss signed Moreno for Espanyol during his spell at the Catalan side while van Gaal knows him well from their time together at AZ Alkmaar.

Both Tottenham and United are desperately looking to bolster their back-line as Michael Dawson is reportedly ready to leave White Hart Lane while Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have already left Old Trafford.

And now the Espanyol president has further fuelled rumours of a departure, revealing that the Catalans have indeed received a formal bid from a foreign club to secure Moreno's services.

"We have received a proposal for Moreno from a foreign club but it has not been through an official document," Collet said to Mundo Deportivo.

The Mexican international's agent recently revealed the 26-year-old defender wants a move away this summer and it is understood that is he is keen to take on a fresh challenge in the Premier League.

"Moreno is leaving Espanyol. He wants to leave and we're looking for another team in Europe," the player's agent said.

Meanwhile, Espanyol are also reportedly open to negotiating his sale but with the centre-back excelling at the World Cup they are expecting an offer of at least €10m (£8m) before they will part ways with him.

According to the reports the club already rejected a €9m bid from Russian side Rubin Kazan during the January transfer window.