With the January transfer window edging ever closer on the horizon, the rumour mill linking players with winter moves away from their current clubs has already reached fever pitch.

Given their failings in the summer market and rather mediocre beginning to the new campaign, Manchester United in particular appear to be one such club who are in obvious need of new faces.

However, one thing I have noticed while sifting through the plethora of rumours regarding the Premier League champions' supposed targets of late, is how damn unrealistic and unattainable they all seem to be.

Borussia Dortmund's star German duo - Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus - clearly illustrate that particular point. 

While these are unquestionably two hugely talented players, one must ask why on earth the Bundesliga title hopefuls - who, let's not forget, also reached the final of the Champions League last season - would consider parting with them?

Admittedly, Reus does have a hefty buyout clause that renders him somewhat more attainable.

However, given United's poor start to the new campaign, do they really represent much of a step up in class in relation to Dortmund?

Having become particularly irate with such unrealistic rumours, here GMS lists five far more realistic targets who should be pursued by Manchester United this winter:

Leighton Baines

Pursued relentlessly by the Red Devils this summer, Everton left-back Baines' stock has only risen further with a series of highly-accomplished performances for club and country.

Although the Merseyside outfit made it abundantly clear that they did not want to part with their star man,  Patrice Evra's imminent departure from Old Trafford makes the left-back position a matter of some urgency for Moyes.

Ross Barkley 

While it is incredibly unlikely that Everton would be willing to let United prise away arguably their two best players during the winter, Moyes should also look to use his strong connections with his former club in order to attempt to sign Barkley.

Although perhaps not quite ready to play a prominent role on the elite stage, the 19-year-old is a hugely-gifted midfielder who could prove a popular long-term successor to one Paul Scholes.

Alex Song

Since moving to Catalan giants Barcelona from Arsenal last summer, Cameroon international Song has never truly managed to establish himself as a first-team regular at the Camp Nou.

While his ties to the Gunners may initially make him a slightly unpopular figure among the Old Trafford faithful, the immensely powerful Song's tenacious midfield efforts would soon win over the doubters and fill a notable void in Moyes' squad.

Yohan Cabaye

Arguably one of the top-flight's most-underrated stars, French international Cabaye is a box-to-box midfielder who has reportedly drawn admiring glances from both Arsenal and Liverpool. 

While United's name does not appear to have been linked with the Newcastle ace, I believe his skill-set would perfectly fit the bill at Old Trafford.

Ander Herrera

Another of Moyes' summer targets, his proposed move to Manchester United fell away in quite bizarre circumstances in a rather sorry episode involving rogue agents.

Despite that, however, a return for Herrera in January could remain a possibility. Given that the diminutive Spaniard has seemingly fallen out of favour with Athletic Bilbao, he could also be far easier to obtain and easier to entice away from San Mames.

Given his recent fall from grace, this could be a risk. However, Moyes was obviously extremely keen on Herrera and I see no real reason why that may have changed over such a short period of time.

 

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