Man Utd want to buy Mariners: report

English football giants Manchester United reportedly want to buy A-League club Central Coast and move the Mariners to northern Sydney.

Manchester United are reportedly negotiating to buy the Central Coast Mariners and shift the A-League club to northern Sydney.

The English football giants are in discussions with Mariners owner Mike Charlesworth, who has been seeking a buyer for the club for the past year.

United, if successful in taking over the current A-League leaders, want to move the club to Sydney's northern beaches with matches played at either North Sydney or Brookvale ovals, the Nine newspapers report says.

The Mariners and Football Australia (FA) have been approached for comment.

Any sale hinges on support from the majority of A-League clubs, with FA required to ratify a deal.

The Nine report says a price for a sale has yet to be determined.

Charlesworth has previously negotiatied with a Singapore-based consortium and, separately, Sydney businessman Abdul Helou expressed interest which was shut down by the club.

Any United move would follow Manchester City having a stake in the A-League, with City buying an 80 per cent stake in Melbourne Heart for more than $11 million in 2014, then later purchasing the remaining 20 per cent for $2.25m.

Manchester City changed Heart's name to Melbourne City and also changed the A-League club's colours.