Manchester United linked with surprise bid to sign Gokhan Tore

Manchester United are reportedly monitoring Besitkas winger Gokhan Tore.

Whilst their defensive concerns have been eased in recent weeks, Manchester United were still expected to be big spenders in this month's transfer window.

Manager Louis van Gaal has snapped up ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes on a free transfer, but fans and pundits had expected a centre back and possibly another central midfielder to be brought in to Old Trafford.

So far, that hasn't happened, and United are even being linked with more attack-minded players despite the presence of Robin van Persie, Radamel Falcao, Wayne Rooney, Angel Di Maria and Juan Mata.

According to reports from Eurosport Turkey, United are keeping tabs on Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore and could make a bid this month.

The 22-year-old will be known by many English fans for his two-year spell with Chelsea, before the Blues sold him on to German side Hamburg.

After just one season in the Bundesliga, Tore was on the move again, this time joining Rubin Kazan in 2012, though only seven appearances for the Russian club led to a move to Turkey with Besiktas.

Having impressed on loan there, Slaven Bilic forked out €4.5m to sign him permanently, and with six goals in 22 games, it's been money well spent so far.

The left footed winger would be a strange signing for van Gaal given the wealth of options he already has in attack, though maybe the Dutchman believes that he can turn Tore into a left wing back, just as he did with David Alaba at Bayern Munich.

In all honesty, it's unlikely that United are truly considering a bid for Tore, but rather monitoring his progress for future reference should van Gaal need a winger.

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