Manchester United appear keen to boost their ailing midfield unit, with reports suggesting that the club could move for Portuguese playmaker Joao Moutinho.
According to reports from A Bola cited by the Manchester Evening News, Red Devils boss David Moyes could move for the Monaco playmaker this month as part of a €125 million signing spree.
If Manchester United were indeed to make such a move, it would certainly represent somewhat of a shock given that Moutinho only joined the wealthy Ligue 1 outfit from FC Porto - for a fee of approximately £21.5 million - during the summer.
During his short stint at Stade Louis II to date, the 27-year-old has made 16 appearances in the league, scoring once and laying on four assists for his teammates as Claudio Ranieri's side have looked to challenge the established might of Paris Saint-Germain.
Manchester United, whose disappointing 2-1 defeat to struggling Sunderland in the first leg of their Capital One Cup semi-final yesterday followed a dismal loss against Swansea City at Old Trafford at the weekend, are clearly in dire need of reinforcement.
While there are evidently several areas of the squad that require significant attention, the midfield unit is arguably the most concerning for Moyes at present, characterised by Tom Cleverley's woeful performance at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night.
Moutinho, who boasts 67 senior caps for his native Portugal, would certainly provide a although his apparent lack of experience in one of Europe's 'major' leagues could cause concern.