Manchester United could do far worse business than sign Barcelona midfielder Alex Song in January.
The 26-year-old is finding regular first-team football difficult to come by at Camp Nou, and seems unfancied by the Catalan club's new manager Gerardo Martino, having made just one appearance so far in 2013/14.
David Moyes's desire to strengthen the reigning Premier League champions' midfield ranks has been temporarily relieved by the £27.5million capture of Marouane Fellaini from Everton.
But, the chances are that Manchester United will be back in the market for further reinforcements when the transfer window reopens again at the turn of the year, and Song would be a perfect acquisition at Old Trafford.
When you consider the Cameroon international's subliminal understanding with former team-mate Robin van Persie - from the pair's playing days together at Arsenal - the prospect of reuniting the duo should prompt excitement on its own.
Add to that, Song's steely resilience, and robust style of football, and it soon becomes clear that the African enforcer boasts all of the attributes currently lacking in Manchester United's midfield.
The former Gunners star would add another dimension in the middle of the park, and provide a useful selection option for Moyes. And, with a wealth of Premier League experience already under his belt, Song represents a low-risk signing, who would take no time at all to settle back in England.
His versatility would also prove invaluable, taking into account Song's ability to play as a makeshift centre-back, with injuries to a number of key defenders already affecting Moyes in the early stage of his Old Trafford tenure.
It's unlikely that the Barcelona ace would have any qualms about joining one of Arsenal's biggest domestic rivals either, and will probably just be glad of the opportunity to end his La Liga nightmare, should an opportunity to join Manchester United present itself in January.