Manchester United believe they can complete transfer deals for two players before the January window shuts, sources have told ESPN.
Van Gaal started Friday by telling the press that not enough quality players were available in the current window and, as a result, Manchester United would not be very active.
He told reporters: "I don't think we shall be very active.
"Not many players at a certain level are available. I have also said when we have to buy a player he has to be better than our players who are now playing and that is a difficult job."
Two new players
But Old Trafford sources have told ESPN that Manchester United are confident they can sign two players before the January transfer window shuts at 11pm on February 2. There is little suggestion as to who the Red Devils have set their sights on but one target is believed to be Southampton star Nathaniel Clyne.
Clyne looks favourite
The Southampton star has been in sensational form this season, earning a call-up to the England national squad as a result. Southampton would be after a premium as they are currently chasing an incredible Champions League qualification spot, but money is not an issue for Van Gaal.
Seamus Coleman has also been linked with a move to Manchester United with £25 million thought to be enough to convince Roberto Martinez to sell. Ed Woodward sat down with Van Gaal on Thursday to discuss which of the two they would sign.
One player axed
It appears Clyne came up trumps with the Dutchman and Manchester United are now preparing a significant offer for the Saints star. Should he sign, it could be the end for youth Brazilian Rafael da Silva. The right-back has been told he has no future at Old Trafford having fallen behind Antonio Valencia in the wing-back role.
The second addition could be anyone of 12 names reportedly mentioned in that meeting, with a host of stars already being linked with a move to Manchester United. Kevin Strootman is a player that keeps cropping up but AS Roma appear determined to keep hold of the midfielder until at least the summer.