Eight goals, four assists; Manchester United eyeing Karim Bellarabi

Manchester United are reportedly watching Bayer Leverkusen winger Karim Bellarabi.

With the January transfer window on the horizon, Manchester United are expected to be busy making additions to their side as Louis van Gaal's men still hold faint hopes of a title challenge.

Adding a right wing back and centre back are likely to be high on van Gaal's shopping list, as well as another midfielder and a younger striker for the future.

Yet according to reports in Germany, United are keeping tabs on Bayer Leverkusen's German international winger Karim Bellarabi.

The 24-year-old has been on Leverkusen's books since a 2011 move from Eintracht Braunschweig, though he spent last season with his former club, scoring three goals in 26 games before heading back to Leverkusen for the start of this term.

This season though, Bellarabi has been one of the stars of the Bundesliga campaign, hitting eight goals and two assists, whilst adding another two assists in the Champions League for Roger Schmidt's side.

His performances in Germany have resulted to call-ups to Joachim Loew's international side, and he is one of the emerging wingers in European football - but why would Manchester United want him?

Van Gaal was predominantly used two systems so far this term; the 4-1-2-1-2 narrow diamond, and the 3-4-1-2 system which utilises wing backs rather than wingers.

That makes a move for Bellarabi seem strange, but having different options to call upon is something van Gaal will be desperate to add, given that United's wing play in recent years has left a lot to be desired.

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