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Man Utd's top five January transfer targets
6th September 2013 10:12am BST
SportsDirect News brings you a profile of five players Manchester United will be targeting when the transfer window reopens in January.
United boss David Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward have faced a barrage of criticism from fans following what was an abysmal performance in the summer transfer window.
Supporters of the Manchester side will have been particularly concerned at the pair's failure to recruit a quality attacking midfielder. Early deals for Barcelona duo Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas failed to materialise, before a farcical transfer deadline day saw Moyes finally lurch towards the £27.5 million signing of Marouane Fellaini from Everton – some £4m more than could have been paid for him in July.
SDN brings you five players United will be looking to capture in January so as to leave their summer woes behind.
Paul Pogba (Juventus) With Sir Alex Ferguson now departed new manager Moyes may consider financing the re-capture of Pogba. The United academy graduate escaped Old Trafford to join Juve on a free in the summer of 2012. Since then he has gone from strength to strength. Pogba captained France to U20 World Cup victory in July in Turkey, where he was voted player of the tournament.
Yohan Cabaye (Newcastle United) After seeing approaches for Daniele De Rossi and Ander Herrera turned down by Roma and Athletic Bilbao respectively, it is perhaps of some surprise Moyes did not also bid for Cabaye. The France international attempted to force through a move to Arsenal, who appeared reluctant to meet Newcastle's reported £20m asking price. Even with the signing of Fellaini, Moyes is understood to have been ready to pay £28m for Herrera – and Cabaye could prove be a chaper alternative come January.
Mateo Kovacic (Inter Milan) Kovacic is understood to have been convinced to stay at Inter this summer after having received approaches from abroad. Should the Serie A side fail to improve on form that saw them finish in 9th place last year however, Kovacic's head may be turned.
Karim Benzema and Angel Di Maria (Real Madrid) United are believed to have been offered the Real pair as Madrid looked to off-load surplus players this summer. Uncertainty surrounding the two could see them leave the Spanish capital in January.