Manchester United's potential five-man January transfer wish-list

Louis van Gaal

We list Manchester United's potential shortlist when they look for more additions in January.

The summer transfer window may have shut, but with modern football the way it is clubs will already be making plans about who they could bring in during the January 2015 window.

United may have already spent £156 million over the course of this summer, but there are still gaps in their squad and it is likely that they will be active once again – either to consolidate their position or to add even more quality – in January.

In this piece we take a look at five players who could be brought in at Old Trafford at the start of next year.

Kevin Strootman [AS Roma]

Already the rumours have started that Louis van Gaal is plotting a move for Roma’s Dutch midfielder.

The United boss and the all-action central midfielder already have a good relationship from the time they have spent together at international level and Strootman is reportedly on Van Gaal's wishlist.

Any move for Strootman was blocked this summer as he was injured, but he will be fighting fit in the new year and he could add further quality to United’s midfield if he does arrive.

Martin Odegaard [Strømsgodset IF]

The Norwegian teen prodigy was linked with a deadline day move to United, but nothing materialised.

However, with another six months worth of first-team football, United may be forced to act decisively if they want to get the hottest young property in football.

Odegaard may only be 15, but he has already attracted the attention of some of the world’s biggest clubs and is threatening to be the next world-star to break through.

He already has been capped by his country and has scored three times in 15 games in the Norwegian top-flight, where his natural skill in possession has caught the eye.

Ron Vlaar [Aston Villa]

For all their big money signings over the summer, United’s squad does appear slightly imbalanced with much of their attacking quality being boasted in attacking areas.

The Red Devils have adopted a system which utilses three central-defenders so far and their current crop of defensive players do not appear entirely comfortable.

Vlaar, though, was a star in that formation for Van Gaal’s Holland at the World Cup and he could provide a quick-fix solution.

The 29-year-old currently only has a year left on his contract at Villa and, in five months, they may be forced to cash-in on him if United do come calling.

Jan Vertonghen [Tottenham Hotspur]

Likely to be a more expensive recruit than Vlaar, the Spurs defender could offer a lot of quality to the United defence.

Comfortable in possession, but equally robust, he looks the perfect fit for United’s style of play and if Van Gaal wants a long-term defensive recruit then Vertonghen could be the best addition possible.

Marco Reus [Borussia Dortmund]

It would be wrong to suggest that Marco Reus’s addition at Old Trafford is a necessity, but the club appear to be taking a fantasy football approach to their transfer dealings.

United continued to bring in attacking quality this window even though it meant that the likes of Adnan Januzaj and Juan Mata may have to take a backseat this season and Reus would be another signing which makes a statement.

The 25-year-old German has been linked with a move to the Premier League and if he was available he would provide Van Gaal with another to break down opposition defences with.

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