Manchester United January 2013 Transfer Targets
As we approach the January Transfer window, Manchester United sit at the top of the Premier League table with a comfortable 6 point lead.
Obviously, the situation could dramatically change over the festive period. However, if things stay the same it’s fair to say Sir Alex Ferguson will be a very happy man moving into the new year.
United will no doubt be looking for players to shore up the squad in the upcoming January transfer window and there are no shortage of prospects on their board.
Sir Alex has been widely reported as saying he definitely won’t be making any transfer signings in January, but here’s a look at the potential players who could make the move to Old Trafford within the next few months.
Kevin Strootman (PSV)
Kevin Strootman, PSV’s engine room in the midfield could be on his way to the Manchester United as Sir Alex targets the highly rated Dutchman.
The 21 year old, who primarily plays in a defensive midfield would be ideal replacement for Paul Scholes at Old Trafford.
Manchester United are on red alert after Dutch star Kevin Strootman set his sights on a move to the Premier League.
Adel Taarabt (QPR)
Adel Taarabt has emerged as a transfer target for Manchester United according to reports.
The QPR trickster who was instrumental in the west London side’s promotion to the Premier League is a regular in the transfer rumour mill having been coy over his future in the past.
It’s claimed United will make a £12m bid in January to take the 23-year-old to Old Trafford.
While it may seem unlikely that a club in QPR’s current predicament would part with one of their best players, new manager Harry Redknapp may view it as an opportunity to raise some funds.
James Rodriguez (Porto)
Rodriguez, who has been touted as the next Cristiano Ronaldo, had been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with United scouts dispatched to watch him play.
A £36m price tag has been slapped on the player, which is a hefty sum for a 21-year-old.
It’s reported that Rodriguez has been top of Sir Alex’s Christmas wish list since the closure of this summer’s window back in August.
Wesley Sneijder (Inter Milan)
This is the transfer rumour that just won’t go away, as the potential move by the Dutch playmaker to Old Trafford seems to have been on the cards for the best part of the last 18 months.
The Dutchman is reported to be unhappy at Inter, and with only the English Premier League missing from his impressive C.V. the opportunity to join his compatriot Robin van Persie may be too much to turn down.
At 28 years old he is in the prime of his career and any fee would reflect this, but Sir Alex Ferguson may consider it to be money well spent as his side pursue glory at home and in Europe.
Ezequiel Garay (Benfica)
With injury problems piling up in recent seasons, adding a quality central defender such as Ezequiel Garay would be a very solid move for Manchester United.
The 26-year-old who plays for Benfica is looking to move, and United have been in the running for him.
Garay has had experience with Real Madrid in his career, so there wouldn’t be any worries of him not being up to the big stage. That part of the resume is very rare for young players that Man U are courting, so it could and should be a deal-maker as they may finally pull the trigger on this deal.
Thomas Ince (Blackpool)
Blackpool midfielder Tom Ince is among those being monitored by the Red Devils as we head towards the January transfer window.
However, the 20 year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool within recent days. According to various sources a deal with the Anfield club has already been agreed.
Victor Wanyama (Celtic)
Wanyama is another player with Manchester United on his personal radar and it may not be long before rumours begin to circulate.
Premier League clubs are likely to offer around £12m in January with United weighing up their move. Sir Alex Ferguson wants another midfielder and Wanyama’s age will appeal.
Wanyama, who made his debut for Kenya at just 15, is contracted to Celtic until 2014 and has already rejected an offer to improve his deal
Robert Lewandowski (Borussia Dortmund)
Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski has reportedly agreed “in principle” to join Manchester United next year.
Lewandowski, who is out of contract at the end of next season, has been on United’s radar for some time and reports last month suggested a deal was in place for the Poland international to move to Old Trafford at the end of the season.
Perhaps we shouldn’t expect this deal to be completed by January, however watch this space come June.
Wilfred Zaha (Crystal Palace)
Manchester United have always looked to bright, young talent, whether home-grown or purchased, to nurture and develop into top class footballers.
Zaha fits the bill perfectly, as one of England’s most talked about youngsters continues to attract interest from a host of top Premier League clubs.
Several high profile suitors could no doubt afford whatever inflated price tag Crystal Palace attach to their man, but it could be in Zaha’s best interests to plump for United due to their unrivalled success in the development of young hopefuls into fulfilled potential.
Vegard Forren (Molde)
Vegard Forren could be on the move to the Premier League soon. And while he hasn’t been directly linked to Manchester United, his manager made the claim that he’s very worthy of playing on the top-tier club.
Forren, 24 years old, hasn’t been able to get his name out there very much, playing in Norway his entire career. But EPL scouts are taking notice, and it shouldn’t be long before he makes the switch to England.
Manchester United are historically great at snagging young, under-the-radar talent, and this could be an instance where Sir Alex Ferguson strike once again.
Leighton Baines (Everton)
The Everton left back, rated by many as the best in the world presently, has long been linked with a move to Manchester.
With Patrice Evra the wrong side of 31, Baines is seen as the perfect replacement and he would also add an extra dimension to United’s play with his accurate left footed deliveries and set-pieces.
Ferguson would have to offer a fee in the region of £30 million to tempt Everton into parting with Baines
Theo Walcott (Arsenal)
Manchester United have joined the race for Arsenal rebel Theo Walcott in a move similar to Robin van Persie’s controversial switch to Old Trafford in August.
Sir Alex Ferguson is keen to land the England winger, whose deal expires at the end of the season.
Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea are all interested, but United’s keenness, along with Walcott’s desire to join the Barclays Premier League leaders looks, looks to have put United in the driving seat.
Asmir Begovic (Stoke)
Manchester United are reportedly keen on Stoke City goalkeeper Asmir Begovic.
The Bosnian keeper has been linked with an £8million move to Old Trafford, casting doubts over the futures of current goalkeepers Anders Lindegaard and David de Gea – with the Dane most likely to make way.
Such a move would be a bizarre signing from Sir Alex Ferguson having spent nearly £20million on Spanish stopper De Gea only last June.
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