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Ed Woodward working on three Manchester United deals for January

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Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is already working on up to three transfer deals ahead of the January window, after being handed a list of targets by manager Louis van Gaal. (The Mirror)

The Red Devils boss is eager to strengthen his Old Trafford squad in the New Year, and defensive reinforcements are understandably at the top of his priorities.

With several players currently sidelined by injury, Van Gaal has his sights set on a number of new additions, with Aymeric Laporte, Ezequiel Garay and Mats Hummels all thought to be in contention for high-profile moves to the Premier League.

However, Manchester United are conscious of not being held to ransom over prospective transfers after openly flexing their financial muscle during the summer.

The club still has plenty of resources available despite the lack of European football this season, but it's up to Woodward to negotiate the best deals possible.

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Manchester United defender Chris Smalling could make a surprise January move to Arsenal after Arsene Wenger sounded the youngster out for a possible switch to the Emirates. (The Express)

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Premier League clubs should think twice before signing Barcelona defender Gerard Pique. (Daily Mail)

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