Manchester United new favourites for NINE stars: A third Everton player added

Arturo Vidal

With 15 days left of the transfer window, we take a look at the players SkyBet are backing United to sign before deadline day.

Prior to the January transfer window, we ran a list of the players that SkyBet had tipped United favourites to snap up in the following month and what odds they had been given.

January for Manchester United has been considered by many supporters a chance in the season to bring in some real quality and salvage a top four position after a relatively uninspiring start to the season. Prior to the transfer window opening, they were treated as an unknown by the bookmakers, considering only four names they were favourite to sign.

See the previous list below:

7/4 - Leighton Baines
6/1 - Ross Barkley
7/1 - Fabio Coentrao
12/1 - Cristiano Ronaldo

Sixteen days into the transfer window, despite having not signed anyone just yet, David Moyes has reportedly been very busy man.

The Scottish manager has been snapped 'holidaying' at a Serie A game, as reports suggest he is preparing a number of portfolio's before pulling the trigger on a potential £100m worth of transfer activity.

SkyBet have obviously looked at the groundwork being set at Old Trafford for a second half of the window blow-out and have included a staggering nine new faces to their previous list of players they are favourite to sign.

See updated list below:

2/5 - Fabio Coentrao
4/7 - Koke
8/11 - Leighton Baines
7/4 - Arturo Vidal
2/1 - Ilkay Gundogan
2/1 - Ander Herrera
3/1 - Adam Lallana
3/1 - Wesley Sneijder
9/2 - Seamus Coleman
9/2 - Ross Barkley
6/1 - Marco Reus
6/1 - Brede Hangeland
12/1 - Cristiano Ronaldo

The stand-out inclusions on the list is of course, the two German internationals Marco Reus and Ilkay Gundogan, Juventus star Arturo Vidal and a second Everton full-back on the list Seamus Coleman.

According to German newspaper Bild Manchester United have made an official offer for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and his signature could likely snowball other big names into wanting to play for arguably the biggest club in the world.

Along with Gundogan, it seems that Arturo Vidal is highly likely to be on David Moyes's radar, which would correspond perfectly with his recent 'holiday' in Italy he took with United first-team coach Jimmy Lumsden.

Supporters crying out for more creativity will be crossing their fingers in hope they can land Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus. The former German footballer of the year would be a major coup for David Moyes, but will face a very reluctant Dortmund boardroom looking to keep hold of what's left of their title winning side from 2012.

And finally, the last eye-catching name on the list for me is yet another Everton player in Seamus Coleman. The Republic of Ireland international has been recently touted as one of the best right backs in the Premier League and it could be argued if not for Pablo Zabaleta, he would be comfortably.

It's a position that could definitely use improvement in the United side with Moyes said to be less than keen on Rafael and I'm sure the manager will know his former player well enough to pass judgement on his capabilities.

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