Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has made Bayern Munich's Bastian Sweinsteiger and Tottenham's Tom Huddlestone his number one transfer targets for the January transfer window.
Fergie is eager to bolster his midfield options amid concerns over a number of his top stars. With the imminent retirement of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes sandwiched in-between the question marks over Owen Hargreaves long term fitness and Michael Carrick's poor form of late, the United boss has been convinced he needs to strengthen his engine room.
Ferguson is a big fan of Germany international Schweinsteiger and believes he can lure the midfield maestro to Old Trafford in January. The Bayern Munich man has become Manchester United's number one target after losing out on Wesley Sneijder - who agreed a new four-year deal at Inter Milan.
The 26-year-old is approaching his peak and is regarded as one of the finest midfielders in world football, a reputation only enhanced by his impressive performances for Germany at the World Cup. Schweinsteiger has lifted three Bundesliga titles during his 10 years with the club, but has reportedly told friends that he fancies a new challenge and has repeatedly refused to commit his long term future to the club.
'There are always a few offers, but I have a contract with Bayern until 2012 and I respect the contract and the club," he told Bild am Sonntag.
Schweinsteiger confirmed he has considered his future, but said "I know that there is something great at Bayern. We didn't reach the UEFA Champions League final without good reason - and to win it is my ambition."
Asked if he would consider moving on to achieve that goal, he said: "To end this talk I will just say that I am not married to Bayern.
"The Bundesliga is great, and has become more important, but if I were to move on then, of course, the idea of going abroad is what excites me."
United scouts have also kept close tabs on Tom Huddlestone, with the 23-year-old being arguably the Premier League's most improved central midfielder over the past 12 months. His passing range and ability impress the Old Trafford boss, but it is thought Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp would fight to keep hold of the midfield star at White Hart Lane.
The former Wolves midfielder would cost around £20 million, given that he is a full international and because he now has Champions League experience. Manchester United are thought to be keen on a player-plus-cash deal, possibly using Ji-Sung Park and ex-Spurs man Michael Carrick as makeweights.
Fergie is determined to make some big-money signings after being promised significant funds by the Glazer's in the wake of the Wayne Rooney contract saga.