Manchester United’s troublesome season looked to be back on track recently - but 2014 has been sour for David Moyes and his men so far.
They have now lost three games on the spin after consecutive 2-1 losses against Tottenham, Swansea City and Sunderland.
The club has therefore reportedly given David Moyes a sizeable amount of money to spend in January - and one area where he needs to improve is in the heart of midfield.
One player who has been linked with a move to United has been Brazilian-Portuguese midfielder Fernando Reges at FC Porto.
Nicknamed ‘The Octupus’ he has been linked with several moves away from Portugal - with Everton and Liverpool both said to also be keen.
A couple of months ago the talented box-to-box midfielder confirmed his intention to receive his Portuguese citizenship. Now that has been ratified and Fernando is indeed a Portuguese citizen - meaning a Work Permit for his services is no longer needed.
His contract expires at the end of the season and he does the good, the bad and the ugly in central midfield - he is just the player United need to help them out of this quagmire they find themselves in.
But there are of course stumbling blocks.
Firstly there is the player himself. He is not believed to be looking for a winter exit - but a move in the summer on a Bosman is a possibility.
But even if he does want a move, Italian reports suggest a major rival.
AC Milan are another stumbling giant in need of a face-lift. Currently precariously close to the relegation zone in Italy’s Serie A they are also now said to be interested in the player.
No such news has been reported from any Premier League side - and it could be Milan, who recently trumped Premier League sides to the Bosman signing of Keisuke Honda, might be about to do it again.
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