Manchester United stepped up efforts to strengthen their faltering squad after scouting La Liga stars Diego Costa and Ander Herrera this weekend, reports the Daily Mail.
David Moyes stepped closer to crisis point at Old Trafford yesterday after crashing out of the FA Cup to Swansea, losing 2-1 in what was their fifth home loss of the season.
The United manager failed to add significant reinforcements in the summer and has since suffered the consequences, dropping to seventh in the table, leaving fans hoping for a busy January.
And it seems Moyes is ready to give Red Devils fans exactly what they want after sending representatives to spy on Diego Costa and Ander Herrera.
Manchester United’s chief scout Robbie Cooke watched Costa play in Atletico Madrid's 1-0 win over Malaga.
Costa is rumoured to have a £32m release clause and is also wanted by Arsenal and Chelsea.
Moyes also sent a scout to keep tabs on Athletic Bilbao midfielder Herrera, who Moyes failed to sign in a late summer move.
Manchester United were thought to be close to signing the midfielder but failed to meet his £30m release clause.
Thanks to Bilbao's fine season, in which they are competing for a Champions League place, United are likely to have to meet that fee if they want to sign the player in January.
With Manchester United stretched by injuries to key midfielders, Moyes may yet go back in with a sufficient bid.