Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Kevin Strootman Among 3 Transfer Targets January

Even though dozens of players have already been linked with a move to the red side of Manchester, it is unlikely that Alex Ferguson will be willing to spend big in the winter transfer window. 

However, one could expect a talented youngster, probably a midfielder, arriving at the Old Trafford in January. 

Thus, what follows is a list of three players who United could possibly target to sign in the winter transfer window. 

1. Kevin Strootman

It is no secret that Manchester United are currently short on midfield steel. 

Even though Alex Ferguson's diamond formation has been executed exceptionally well by the players against the likes of Newcastle and Cluj, the Red Devils are still in dire need of a strong defensive midfielder. 

Kevin Strootman could well be the player to fill in the aforementioned midfield gap and bring in the much required stability and organization to United's play. 

The player's agent has previously stated that Strootman is keen on January move to a 'bigger club' and Ferguson should surely waste no time in launching a bid for the Dutchman. 

2. Victor Wanyama

Victor Wanyama is Kenya international who plays club football for Scottish giants Celtic.

The 21-year-old is robust defensive-midfielder, who like Strootman, could be a pivotal addition to the United team. 

His ferocious tackling, tidy passing and versatility could help him become an invaluable asset to the Red Devils, but the possibility of a transfer could be dampened by the fact that the player currently intends to stay at Celtic. 

Nonetheless, a decent bid could well turn the tide and enable United to capture one of the most promising African talents in the world right now. 

3. Brede Hangeland

According to the Metro, Manchester United could make a move for Fulham defender Brede Hangeland in order to ease the club's defensive woes. 

Via Metro

"Manchester United are considering making a move for Fulham centre-back Brede Hangeland. The 31-year-old Norwegian's contract expires at the end of the season, but United are contemplating making a bid for the defender in January."

Hangeland might be a consistent performer for The Cottagers, but a move to United looks bleak as United because of the fact that the Red Devils won't be quite needing any back-up once Phil Jones and Nemanja Vidic return from injuries within the next two-three months. 

Furthermore, one could perhaps expect Ferguson to put faith in one of team's youngsters instead to step up in place of the injured big boys. 

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