Manchester United may look to Tottenham midfielder Sandro to fill the void left by the absence of Darren Fletcher, according to The Guardian.
Fletcher is taking an extended break from football in the hope of overcoming a debilitating bowel condition known as ulcerative colitis.
The 27-year-old, it is claimed, is fighting to save his career, and his sabbatical provides Sir Alex Ferguson with further issues in his midfield department.
The United boss is already without Anderson until February, while Tom Cleverley is also still out of action for the Barclays Premier League champions.
Ferguson, then, is expected to bolster his ranks in January, and various midfielders from across the continent have been linked with a winter move to Old Trafford.
One of these is Sandro who, says his agent, would be open to a transfer away from White Hart Lane after the signing of Scott Parker forced him out of the Spurs picture.
AC Milan has also been touted as a potential for the 22-year-old Brazilian, who has made 33 appearances for Spurs since being singed by Harry Redknapp in 2010.
Meanwhile, United have also been linked with Roma's Danielle De Rossi and Everton youngster Jack Rodwell as Ferguson scours the market for reinforcements.