Manchester United will opt against signing Radamel Falcao on a permanent basis, and instead target a £50 million move for Edinson Cavani.
Falcao joined the Red Devils on loan during the summer window, and there is a clause in his contract to make his switch permanent for £43 million at the end of the current campaign.
However his spell at Old Trafford hasn't gone to plan so far. The former Porto striker has just one goal to his name so far this season and has been missing since mid-October with a calf injury. There is some light at the end of the tunnel though and it's been suggested that he could start against Hull this weekend at the expense of Robin van Persie.
While there is still time for him to impress at Old Trafford, it seems as though Manchester United are making contingency plans for if he breaks down again - and they involve landing Cavani from Paris Saint-Germain.
Pull the plug
The Express claim that a £50 million bid for the Uruguayan striker could be in the offing if they pull the plug on the Falcao deal. Cavani has been heavily linked with a move to the Premier League in the past, and both Arsenal and Chelsea have been listed as potential suitors.
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Cavani had seemed unhappy at the Parc des Prince in recent months having to play second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Despite the fact he still doesn't line up in his desired central role, the former Napoli man has found form this term and has five goals in five Champions League appearances, plus six in the league.
It seems there could be a major overhaul at Old Trafford in the striking department in the summer, with some reports suggesting that Van Persie could be moved on. Boss Louis van Gaal has already confirmed that he is unlikely to spend any cash in the January window, although a summer clear out is likely.
Before then however, they must focus on their game against Hull, and earning a third straight win for the first time this season.