Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has flown back from the club's tour of north America - and it is being claimed by the Manchester Evening News that he's done so in order to complete deals for Mats Hummels and Stefan de Vrij 

Woodward had told the club's fans that he was working on more summer transfers to join Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera before the close of the window, and it seems as though the hunt is gathering pace.

Travelling home

While Woodward said he was leaving the tour to conduct 'general business' it is understood that he is looking to step things up in the transfer market - although he was derided for leaving Manchester United's pre-season tour of Australia last year to conduct 'urgent transfer business' before failing to land a major signing until the last day of the window.

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However Manchester United fans will be hopeful that things are different this time round with new boss Louis van Gaal in charge, and it seems as though Woodward has two specific targets in mind as he heads back to Old Trafford before launching a raid in the transfer market. 

Defensive targets

According to the Manchester Evening News, Woodward is returning with deals specifically for Hummels and De Vrij in mind. 

Hummels in particular has been a long-term target for Manchester United, while De Vrij worked under Van Gaal during his time in charge of the Dutch national team, which culminated with this summer's World Cup in Brazil. 

Manchester United additions

The Red Devils are short of options at the back following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand - although upon his unveiling as Manchester United boss Van Gaal insisted that he would give current members of his squad time to prove their worth. 

However given that his arrival at Old Trafford was delayed by the World Cup, the Dutch boss is unlikely to wait until the start of the season before seeking to sign some new players, and the MEN say defence is likely to be his first priority.

On the radar

De Vrij has already been the subject of one offer from Lazio, which has been turned down by Feyenoord, and he is now odds on to be at Old Trafford next season. The deal for Hummels may prove to be slightly more complicated following Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp's claims that he won't be sold, but a sizeable offer may be enough to force the issue.

Another obstacle is Barcelona's interest in the 25-year-old; the Catalan club have put Hummels on their list of potential replacements for departed captain Carles Puyol.

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