Manchester United want to swap frustrated goalkeeper Anders Lindegaard as part of a surprise January transfer deal to land impressive Norwegian stopper Orjan Nyland, according to the Sunday People.
Lindegaard has been a peripheral figure at Old Trafford over the last 18 months to put it politely, losing out to Spanish star David de Gea in a race to be United's long-term number one that had once looked so evenly matched.
The 30-year-old has not featured in United's first-team since Louis van Gaal took charge and has now accepted that he has to move on in search of a fresh challenge, but it remains to be seen whether he's willing to be part of an exchange Red Devils chiefs hope will help them land Nyland.
United scouts rate Nyland very highly
Van Gaal's extensive recruitment team are thought to have identified Nyland as the man who could provide De Gea genuine competition for his starting spot in the long-term, despite giving Victor Valdes the chance to prove his fitness and sign for United this season.
Nyland won't come cheap though, primarily because Molde managed to get the 24-year-old signed up on a five-year contract last September.
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January transfer a genuine possibility
Norway have already capped the commanding young keeper 10 times and as a result there will likely be no shortage of transfer suitors in January, but United hope the lure of the Premier League plus a deal for Lindegaard in exchange could be enough to sweeten the deal.
Lindegaard's representatives will hope there's interest from a club who feature prominently in a top European league now that their client has effectively been transfer listed, not even afforded the chance to replace De Gea against Arsenal after the Spaniard suffered a dislocated finger on international duty.
If Benfica or other parties rumoured to like the Danish international don't come forward though a move closer to his homeland and the chance to play every week may well appeal.
That stance would giveUnited the chance to sign one of their top transfer targets in a surprise transfer, particularly when you consider how close Valdes is to becoming a United player.