Manchester United linked with signing AC Milan defender Adil Rami

Reports in Italy suggest that Manchester United want to sign AC Milan centre back Adil Rami.

Manchester United's recent 1-0 win over Crystal Palace has taken them to within two points of a top four finish, and Louis van Gaal seems to be making steady progress at Old Trafford.

New signings such as Luke Shaw, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria have settled in well, but the defensive woes persist for the Red Devils.

Injuries to Phil Jones, Phil Evans and Rojo - as well as suspensions for Tyler Blackett and Chris Smalling - have plunged van Gaal into a defensive crisis, resulting in starts for reserve team defender Patrick McNair.

That has led to plenty of speculation of a possible centre back addition in January, with the likes of Ron Vlaar and Ryan Shawcross linked with switches to Old Trafford.

However, the latest name linked with United is AC Milan centre back Adil Rami.

The 28-year-old French international only completed a permanent switch to the San Siro this year after a six month loan spell, but was immediately targeted by Monaco, only for Rami to snub a move.

Yet with Alex the first choice at Milan and Cristian Zapata playing well, Rami may end up falling down the pecking order - triggering interest from United, according to Tutto Mercato Web.

Rami is a big (6ft 3in) uncompromising centre back, he's strong and good in the air - and importantly, he wouldn't be the 'stop gap' signing that Ed Woodward noted he wouldn't sign in January.

He still has years left at the top, and with the leadership to solidify United's flagging backline, and Milan may well be open to a deal in January.

After years of dominant centre backs such as Jaap Stam and Nemanja Vidic, it's important that the Red Devils follow in that vein - and Rami could well be that player, with experience in Serie A, La Liga, the Champions League, as well as at international level.

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