3 Bayer Leverkusen stars that may interest Manchester United

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Manchester United can secure their place in the knockout stages of the Champions League with a win against Bayer Leverkusen on Wednesday.

David Moyes' side are still unbeaten in Europe this season after two wins and two draws, and currently sit top of Group A. Leverkusen gave United a test in the return fixture, and the German side have a number of players that could interest the Old Trafford the side with Moyes looking to strengthen his squad in January. Here are three that may be on Moyes' shopping list in the New Year...

Lars Bender – Central Midfielder

The 24 year old midfielder partnered his twin brother Sven in front of the back four as Germany defeated England 1-0 at Wembley, but it's his performances for Leverkusen that have gathered the most interest. Bender is an all action midfielder who would rejuvenate the Manchester United midfield, which has been a problem for a long time. Whilst it's early days, the £27.5m capture of Marouane Fellaini hasn't paid off yet, and Moyes will no doubt be searching for midfield reinforcements in January, and despite Bender signing a new contract in October, it may still be difficult for the Bundesliga side to fend off interest.

Son Heung-Min – Forward

South Korean international Son was a target of Manchester United in the summer, whilst the 21 year old was with Hamburg.

"Manchester wanted Sonny, they had a strong interest and had contacted HSV. We already talked," his agent told German paper Bild. "Their interest honoured him, but Leverkusen made the better impression. It's the ideal interim stage for his career right now."

Having impressed again with Leverkusen, Son should still be on Moyes' radar. With the ability to play on the flanks, behind the striker or up top, Son is a versatile player who would continue a recent tradition of players from Eastern Asia featuring for United, following in the footsteps of Dong Fangzhou (China), Park Ji-Sung (South Korea) and Shinji Kagawa (Japan).

Stefan Kießling - Striker

United boss Moyes has already admitted that he is a keen admirer of Kießling, with the German international a repeated target for the former Everton boss whilst he was in charge at Goodison Park.

"In all the years I was at Everton, I followed him all the time," Moyes said. “But the money was sadly lacking. I have great respect for him. He is a great player who is strong with his head and his feet."

With Javier Hernandez's future at Old Trafford in question, Moyes may be on the lookout for a new striker and Kießling, 29, would offer a physical, aerial presence at Manchester United that they currently don't have. Whist Hernandez, Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Danny Welbeck are all at the club, it's incredibly unlikely that Kießling would be a target, but given the chance, Moyes may look to finally work with the German.

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