The Manchester United defender could be a brilliant option for West Ham United given his versatility.
Following his appointment as West Ham United manager, David Moyes would not be blamed for looking at his former clubs for potential January targets, and Manchester United's Matteo Darmian could be a fine option.
At first glance West Ham are well stocked at full-back, but the 27-year-old can play in a number of different positions and he could get the regular first-team football at the London Stadium that he is sorely missing at Old Trafford.
So far this season Darmian has managed only two Premier League starts (along with a one-minute cameo against Tottenham Hotspur) and that is nowhere near enough for a player of his quality.
Given his age, Darmian should be playing week in, week out, and West Ham should chance their hand to significantly strengthen their defensive options.
Questions remain regarding the reliability of Aaron Cresswell, whose form has tailed off alarmingly this season, while the jury is out regarding Sam Byram on the opposite flank. Pablo Zabaleta has been one of West Ham's best performers since his free transfer in the summer, but Darmian would not be competing with the Argentine alone.
As well as being able to play in both full-back positions, the United player can also feature as a centre-back or a right-sided midfielder if required, and that versatility would come in very handy for West Ham.
Moyes needs players who will instantly improve his current options at the Hammers and Darmian fits the bill. He may not be the headline name West Ham fans want to see arrive at the club in January, but as a utility player with considerable international experience and still with years in the game, there could be few better available options.