Manchester United have sensational striker shortlist - report

The Mail claims Manchester United harbour grand striking ambitions for the summer.

With uncertainty over the future of Wayne Rooney, it would be of no surprise that Manchester United are developing a contingency plan.

The striker has just 18 months left on his contract and is showing no signs of wanting to negotiate, a worrying thought for United fans after his attempted exit last summer.

Javier Hernandez is also thought to be growing restless too, and has been out of form when called upon - while whispers have even emerged over Robin van Persie's happiness, amid a succession of niggling injuries and United's poor form.

So a bit of future planning wouldn't go amiss from Moyes and his superiors, but it's possible their plans are a tad too ambitious.

The Mail reported last night, in their article regarding Rooney's 'stall' on contract talks, the following:

"Two high- quality midfielders remain the priority but forwards Radamel Falcao, Edinson Cavani and Diego Costa are believed to be on the list of targets."

It's quite a list, with Diego Costa being the cheapest of the bunch at £32 million due to a release clause.

Signing one of them may convince Rooney to stay, as a sign of ambition from the club - but with none of PSG, Monaco or Atletico Madrid willing sellers mid-season, next summer could be too late.

Another problem United have, is fans have heard talk like this regarding high profile targets before - and can already see the writing on the wall.

Just like Cesc Fabregas and Gareth Bale in the summer who the club apparently both bid for, they never really had much chance of signing either, and landed Marouane Fellaini instead.

Such is the interest in Costa, Falcao and Cavani, you get the feeling if either did move on - there are clubs who could offer higher wages than Manchester United, and importantly can boast Champions League football.

The prospect of United being able to do that next season is looking dicey after their home loss to Tottenham this week, currently adrift in seventh, five points off fourth and 11th off first.

Signing one of the trio sounds impressive, but when it comes to Manchester United and their transfer targets, seeing is believing, we won't hold our breath.

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