Why United should hijack Liverpool's £18m World Cup striker bid

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Liverpool have been linked with a move to sign Wilfried Bony as a replacement for Luis Suarez – but should Manchester United look to sign him too?

The Reds finally announced the sale of star striker Luis Suarez to Barcelona on Friday, raking in a reported €81m (£64m) for the Uruguayan. However, in a situation remarkably similar to when Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real Madrid last summer, the club must now spend in order to replace their key player – and it seems to be a case of quantity over quality again.

Spurs bagged the likes of Paulinho, Erik Lamela and Roberto Soldado last summer as they looked to replace Bale, which ended in disaster. Now, Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has snapped up Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Emre Can as well as Southampton duo Rickie Lambert and Adam Lallana – and Benfica winger Lazar Markovic is also on his way to Anfield.

Now signing another centre forward has to be the priority for Rodgers, and his primary target appears to be Swansea City hitman Bony. The Ivorian international hit 18 goals in his debut season with the Premier League side, living up to the expectations after his £12m move from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem last summer.

His exploits in South Wales have made him hot property, and his decent showing at the World Cup only enhanced Bony's reputation. A move to Liverpool is the next logical step up for the 25-year-old, but should their rivals Manchester United also make a move to sign the £18m-rated centre forward?

The Red Devils are undergoing a rebuilding project under new boss Louis van Gaal, and whilst the club have already landed Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, van Gaal still needs to add new blood to his attack. Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney will obviously form the first choice United attack, but Javier Hernandez could leave Old Trafford this summer.

Last year, we saw David Moyes' side bombard crosses into the box, but they had no physical or aerial presence to make the most of those crosses. Meanwhile, van Gaal made the most of having a target man option as his Plan B with the Netherlands at the World Cup, which means bringing in a different type of striker could be on the cards.

With van Persie also having a lengthy history of injuries, signing a younger striker who will have some time to develop would be a wise idea. Bony is just 25, and has proven himself to be a potent target man-type figure in the Swans attack. £18m is a fair price for a player who can still develop, and his experience in the Eredivisie would be good experience for playing under van Gaal.

It's ultimately unlikely, and United fans will be wanting to see bigger name players targeted, but given what United need in attack and how van Gaal loves to have a number of different options, Bony is certainly be a name they should be considering – despite Liverpool moving closer to his signature.

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