Three forwards Man United could sign in the January transfer window
Iqbal Johal taks a look at three possible attacking January transfer targets for Manchester United
The in-form Leicester hit-man, who equalled Ruud van Nistlerooy’s Premier League record of scoring in 10 consecutive games against Newcastle, could be exactly what Manchester United are looking for. Goals have dried up in recent weeks for United, with just six goals coming in eight matches in all competitions. The victory at Watford saw the frontline stretched to its barebones, with Memphis Depay occupying an unnatural centre-forward’s role. And with Wayne Rooney just netting twice in 11 Premier League matches this season, Vardy might just be the answer as United push for the title. The 28-year-old, with four England caps to his name, first burst onto the Premier League scene tormenting United during Leicester’s famous 5-3 victory last season. Prolific at Non-League level, Vardy has carried on that form since signing for Leicester in 2012, scoring 38 in 110 League appearances, with 13 this season. Blessed with lightning pace, never-say-die work-rate and an ever improving eye-for goal, Vardy should be seen as a genuine January target for Louis van Gaal.
The 22-year-old England star has been heavily linked ever since the summer with a move to Old Trafford. After a slow start to the season, with three goals in 17, Kane has hit another purple patch, scoring nine in his last six outings. It is clear that he is not just a one-hit wonder, after his first full Premier League season ended with an outstanding 21 goals. Kane has developed in to an all-round striker, someone who can play up top on his own or drop deeper if need be. His finishing is obviously his greatest strength, but he also offers good teamwork and with his fast thinking could link-up perfectly with either Rooney or Anthony Martial. United could face competition, however, with reports claiming Bayern Munich will battle it out for the £50m-rated forward. Whether it is January or in the summer, United must do all they can to win his signature.
Perhaps a quick-fire solution rather than looking to the future, the 30-year-old Italian striker would certainly add a different dimension to United’s attack. The Telegraph quoted Ronald Koeman as saying Pelle is one of the best strikers in the Premier League: “He’s a complete striker. He’s clever in the box, has a good header, is a good finisher, and is in my opinion one of the best.” Since signing for Southampton in 2014 for just £8m, Pelle has been instrumental in the club’s rapid rise, which saw them finish seventh last season. He netted 12 times in that campaign and has continued his good form, with six in 13 this season. As Koeman said, Pelle offers many options going forward and could be an ideal partner for Martial or Depay to work with. He can drop deeper to provide them with plenty of opportunities, or score for himself, as his impressive tally of 103 career league goals would suggest.