Riyad Mahrez.

Manchester United scout Riyad Mahrez, Felipe Anderson & Sadio Mane

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Manchester United have drawn up a three-man shortlist ahead of the January shortlist as Louis van Gaal looks to add some flair to the flanks.

A report in the Daily Mail claims scouts have been keeping track of Lazio's Felipe Anderson, Sadio Mane at Southampton and Leicester City's rising star Riyad Mahrez.

The same report also claims the Red Devils sent their chief scout, Jim Lawlor, to Norway to watch Lazio take on Rosenborg in a Europa League clash to watch Anderson. However, the report also admits that the Brazilian did not play a part in his team's 2-0 victory, so it was very much a wasted journey.


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Anderson, 22, has plenty of hype surrounding him after a tremendous breakthrough season in the last campaign, but has since seen his form drop off.

Mane was originally targeted by Van Gaal in the summer with the Telegraph reporting at the time that United had launched an informal offer of £15million. Southampton obviously rejected that offer and, after Mane's fine start to the season, are now demanding closer to £40m.

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Mahrez has been sensational for Leicester City since arriving from Le Harve for a nominal fee in 2014. In fact, the Algerian has arguably been one of the Premier League's finest players, scoring seven goals and assisting a further five in just 11 games.

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Anderson in action

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Second-tier signings

They are all good options for Manchester United, but they are all second-tier choices as far as Van Gaal is concerned. The Dutchman still pines for Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, but there is a feeling amongst Old Trafford officials that any time spent trying to sign the Welshman will be wasted.

Bale is still determined to make his world-record move to Madrid a success while club president Florentino Perez is equally keen to see his investment pay off.

Not only that, but there are loudening whispers that Perez is ready to hand Bale the centre stage by selling Cristiano Ronaldo to PSG next summer.

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