Manchester United have already agreed to make Radamel Falcao's transfer to Old Trafford permanent after negotiating a £43 million deal with the striker's full-time employers AS Monaco.
The London Metro reports that the Red Devils are so keen to secure the Colombia international's signature that they could announce the big-money move as soon as the transfer window reopens in January.
Louis van Gaal sees Falcao as an integral part of his plans moving forward, and wasted little time in ordering Manchester United officials to get the business done as a matter of priority.
Mega money deal
The Premier League giants have agreed to continue paying the 28-year-old's astronomical wages of £250,000-a-week, despite the fact he is yet to even register a goal since arriving in England on transfer deadline day.
His record doesn't tell the entire story, though, because the South American marksman has actually impressed in each of his performances so far, in encounters against newly-promoted Leicester City and West Ham United.
Indeed, Falcao was denied a debut goal at the King Power Stadium by the woodwork after rattling the crossbar with an exquisite chipped effort while Manchester United still led against Nigel Pearson's side.
The capitulation that followed - resulting in a shock 5-3 defeat - could not be blamed on Falcao, and the former Atletico Madrid man was one of very few players to actually come away from the match with any credit.
Last weekend Falcao made his Old Trafford debut in the 2-1 win against the Hammers, and although he failed to get on the scoresheet again, he provided plenty of reason for encouragement and immediately warmed himself to Red Devils supporters.
Fans are likely to be elated by news of the player's permanent transfer and should praise Ed Woodward and co. for getting the deal done quickly so as to avoid a situation like the one they found themselves in when Carlos Tevez departed the club in favour of a controversial switch to local rivals Manchester City in 2009.
Complications regarding the Argentine's third party ownership meant that Manchester United were only able to sign him on a two-year loan deal, and after that agreement elapsed the club were unable to prevent him from forcing an exit, rubbing salt into the wounds further by opting for the Etihad Stadium.
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