Manchester United are understood to have made enquiries about the availability of Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker - but Louis van Gaal would be better off focusing all his efforts into signing the defender's in-form teammate Harry Kane instead.
Walker, 24, may have rediscovered his best form in recent weeks but he is not the answer to Manchester United's right-back problems.
The dynamic Spurs star has suffered from lengthy periods of inconsistent form during his career, stemming from his desire to bomb forward at every available opportunity. He sometimes neglects his defensive responsibilities and, while this could be fixed over time, Van Gaal is better off either sticking with Rafael or signing a more reliable full-back such as Southampton's Nathaniel Clyne.
Furthermore, Paddy McNair is developing nicely, and has proved in recent matches that he's capable of playing at both centre-back and right-back.
Van Gaal even claimed the Northern Ireland Under-21 international could become Manchester United's first-choice right-back for the next 10 years if he continues progressing at his current rate.
The Red Devils also have Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling, who have all played at right-back on occasions during their Manchester United careers - so securing Walkers' services for a reported £20 million seems a bit unnecessary.
Man United need Harry Kane more
Van Gaal requires a new first-class striker an awful lot more than a new right-sided full-back, with Radamel Falcao almost certain to leave Old Trafford this summer and Robin van Persie's future also up in the air.
Wayne Rooney appears destined to play in a slightly deeper role for Manchester United over the coming years - either at No. 10 or in central midfield - while James Wilson is still maturing.
With Javier Hernandez also expected to leave Old Trafford in the summer it's imperative Manchester United sign a new top-class striker - particularly if they manage to qualify for the Champions League.
Doubts remain over Kane - but why?
Kane is still not everybody's cup of tea - there are doubts he will replicate this season's unbelievable goalscoring form over the forthcoming campaigns - but Manchester United cannot afford to ignore a striker who has scored 23 goals in 35 appearances this term.
No Premier League player has scored more goals in all competitions this season than the 21-year-old, while Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Alexandre Lacazette and Neymar are the only players in Europe who have outscored English football's latest great hope.
Kane could become a world-class striker
Praised as a 'genius' by former Liverpool star Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports earlier this month - and compared to former United goal machine Ruud van Nistelrooy by Paul Scholes - Kane has the potential to become the best striker in England's top flight.
Kane still has some developing and maturing to do - he isn't the finished article just yet - but few strikers are at the age of 21. It's easy to forget just how young he is sometimes.
The Chingford-born forward, who was sent to various clubs on loan prior to establishing himself in Spurs' first team last season, has come on in leaps and bounds under Spurs' current head coach Mauricio Pochettino - and has shown his class by scoring big goals against the likes of Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham in recent weeks.
Capable of scoring all types of different goals, little seems to faze the down-to-earth Kane - which, when combined with his age and talent, makes him the ideal striker signing for the Red Devils.
Potential Wayne Rooney partnership
The Tottenham ace is set to make his England debut next month, when he will play alongside Wayne Rooney - a partnership which could flourish for both the Three Lions and at Old Trafford.
Kane only signed a new contract with Spurs this month - and told a kid that he would reject a move to Manchester United (he didn't have much choice) - but contracts hold very little value in modern-day football.
Spurs remain a selling club - and if United offer enough money, Kane could become the latest Tottenham star to follow the likes of Gareth Bale, Luka Modric, Dimitar Berbatov and Michael Carrick out of White Hart Lane this summer.
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