Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is reportedly working on a number of deals for the club.
The Daily Mirror claims Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is already working on up to three January transfer deals for manager Louis van Gaal.
Woodward, who oversees the majority of United’s transfer business is thought to be working on a deal for Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte as well as keeping tabs on possible transfers of Ezequiel Garay of Zenit and Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund.
“The Old Trafford giants’ executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is already working on January targets identified by manager Louis van Gaal, with Laporte one of the names at the top of the list,” reports the Mirror.
“United are also keeping tabs on Zenit St Petersburg's Ezequiel Garay and Mats Hummels of Borussia Dortmund, but are aware they face an almost impossible task in landing the latter.”
A centre back is thought to be a priority for LvG looking ahead to this winter as the Dutchman considers ways to sure up his defence after some inconsistency this season.
That inconsistency has been generated by injuries and the inexperience, which comes from having to play younger players in a back four in a highly competitive and fast paced league.
The problem United face with any deals they go after this winter is being taken for a ride in terms of fees.
The summer showed the club still have plenty of resources to draw on despite not being in the Champions League and there’s a fear they will be held to ransom because of the cash they spent in the summer window.
Everything is in place for United’s midfield and attack to drive the team towards the top four, but they now need to ensure they have a strong defence, with an extra signing making them more difficult to break down.