Man United transfers: Van Gaal won’t make late signings amid Pogba link

Louis van Gaal quashes talk of Manchester United making any signings before 2 February

Louis van Gaal has ruled out Manchester United making any signings before the transfer deadline on 2 February.

The Red Devils have been linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund defender and World Cup winner Mats Hummels in recent months.

Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman is reported to be another long-term target, although the Dutch star is set to undergo surgery on a knee problem on Friday.

Meanwhile, Paul Pogba’s agent Mino Raoila fuelled talk of a possible return to Old Trafford after he claimed the midfielder would leave Juventus in the near future.

But speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of the visit of Leicester City on Saturday, Van Gaal emphatically quashed any potential signings.

“I don’t think it’s favourable for the league because it’s a little bit unfair. You start a league and then you change your team – the richer clubs can do that and it’s not fair for other clubs.

“But that’s the rule and you can take benefit of it. We are doing nothing – that I have already said – but I read every day that I or Manchester United are interested in other players.

“We only have Victor Valdes [as a January signing]. We gave him a chance. We are only selling players, not buying them.”

Van Gaal confirmed that out-of-favour Scotland international Darren Fletcher is close to a move to West Ham United.

United face the Foxes at Old Trafford this weekend as Van Gaal’s side look to exact revenge for their 5-3 reversal at King Power Stadium earlier this season.

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