Manchester United's January targets: Rated

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After a summer of terrible business, David Moyes will now be looking to the January transfer window the replenish his ranks with ideal purchases.

There have been a number of players linked with moves to Old Trafford, some of them realistically feasible and some of them downright bizarre. 

If Moyes is to make a true statement to his side's rivals then he will have to perform astutely in the January market in order to bring in players who not only suit the club, but have the ability to grow into better players once there.

Here we take a look at a number of United's potential targets, and we assess firstly whether or not the deal has any chance of happening, and secondly, how well the player may fare with the Premier League champs!

Kurt Zouma

The 18-year-old centre back has been closely courted by United, and although he is being linked with a number of other top flight clubs, could quite easily make a switch to Old Trafford.

Having revealed today that he wants to stay at St. Etienne for another year, the chances of Zouma moving in January are unlikely, but his current club have said they will sell if a big offer comes in.

The youngster is exactly what Moyes needs for the future, and is highly-rated in France.

Feasibility: 5/10

Suitability to United: 7/10 


The 21-year-old has attracted a number of admirers in the Spanish league, and is recently being linked with a January switch to United. 

The youngster is a like-for-like alternative to Thiago Alcantara, who opted to refuse Moyes in the summer and, with a reported €20million release clause in his contract, is ripe for the taking.

Moyes needs to strengthen the creativity of his midfield, and Koke could do just that.

Feasibility: 6/10

Suitability to United: 7/10 

Leighton Baines

The Everton left-back is almost a certainty for a January switch to United. Roberto Martinez recently stated that even if he offers the English full-back a new contract, a move will still be on the cards.

Only an Evertonian optimist would claim that this deal isn't going to happen. With Patrice Evra being linked with the exit as well, it will probably go through quicker than expected.

Feasibility: 10/10

Suitability to United: 9/10

Danielle de Rossi

The Roma general has long been a target of multiple top sides in the Premier League, and at 30-years-old he won't get many more chances to make the switch.

He's been highlighted as a possible enforcer for Moyes to bring in to regiment the midfield, but his loyalty to the Italian side, plus an asking price that may seem steep for a man who may only have two years left in him mean that De Rossi is an unlikely arrival.

It's a shame, as his experience and versatility mean that he would most likely slot very efficiently into Moyes' starting XI.

Feasibility: 3/10

Suitability to United: 8/10

Lars Bender

The young German was heavily linked with a summer switch to United but nothing materialised in the end.

Bender can play at full-back on either side as well as in the centre of the midfield, and is a top talent. There's no doubt he wouldn't improve the current side and at only £20million he is a bargain. 

If Moyes wants to bring in the big names, Bender is the perfect start.

Feasibility: 6/10 

Suitability to United: 8/10

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