Manchester United are increasingly confident of landing Mats Hummels in the January transfer window, according to TalkSport.
The Red Devils have been plagued by defensive injuries this season and having not secured direct replacements for Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand have looked short of options at the back.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal is believed to have identified Mats Hummels as his top defensive target for 2015, but with the defender being named Borussia Dortmund captain it seemed highly unlikely that he would move.
However Dortmund's form this season has been atrocious and they are still joint-bottom of the Bundesliga - prompting suggestions that there could be an exodus.
Marco Rues has been at the centre of the speculation amidst reports that the likes of Manchester United, Arsenal, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich are hot on his trail, but according to TalkSPORT the Red Devils are increasingly focussing their attention on Hummels.
They add that Van Gaal is increasingly confident of getting his man, and is "pushing hard" to lure him to Old Trafford. Hummels will be loyal to Dortmund, but has previously spoken of his wish to play in the Premier League and could be tempted.
Previous reports have suggested that Manchester United have submitted a £35 million offer to the German outfit in the hope of twisting their arm into selling up.
Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has previously suggested that the club will only do business in January if the right target is available, and Hummels certainly fits that mould.
The 26-year-old has also been linked with a move to Arsenal, who have their own issues at the back. The Gunners are in desperate need of improvement after selling former club captain Thomas Vermaelen to Barcelona in the last window.