English champions Manchester United, reportedly, are planning a January move for Scottish Premier League club Celtic’s Israeli central midfielder Beram Kayal as soon as the transfer window re-surfaces next month.

United boss Sir Alex Ferguson, who is looking to beef up his midfield options, is hoping to lure away the 23-year-old to the Old Trafford after players like Darren Fletcher, Anderson and Tom Cleverley have suffered injuries. The boss is also said to have sent scouts to monitor the development of the Israeli international at the Celtic Park.

The Scottish club, itself, may not want to part with the talented player, who has adapted to Scottish football so impressively over the months since his arrival last year, but may face problems to keep a hold on him following bids from European giants such as Manchester United which may be enough to make up his mind and pursue his career with one of the biggest names in European club football.

United, at the moment, are lacking steel in the midfield and although the club had acquired the services of England international Owen Hargreaves, the player spent most of his four years on the sidelines with injury issues. Now the United boss feels that Kayal could be the key to bolstering the team’s midfield before the current season comes to an end.

Celtic are believed to have a put a price tag of 6 million on the Israeli midfielder which may not be much of a problem for United next month, according to a Caughtoffside report.

Beram Kayal, who arrived from Israeli Premier League club Maccabi Haifa and was named the SPL player of the month for January 2011, has made a total of 53 appearances for Celtic thus far.