Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has confirmed that he is close to signing a new striker, but refused to reveal the player's identity.
The Red Devils have been heavily linked with a move for a forward following the departure of Robin van Persie to Fenerbahce, with Thomas Muller and Edinson Cavani believed to be at the top of the club's transfer hitlist.
As it stands Van Gaal can only call upon Wayne Rooney as his senior striker option, with Javier Hernandez and James Wilson as the former Everton man's back-up.
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Now Van Gaal has claimed that he is close to sealing a swoop for a forward, and says it is a player that hasn't been linked with Manchester United in the press.
“He’s in the process,” he said. “It’s not the striker that the media has written about. You have to wait and see. The transfer period is open until August 31. You have to wait.”
It was claimed yesterday that Manchester United were gearing up to make a £70 million offer for Muller before the summer transfer window closes.
Who is it?
Cavani has been linked with a move to Old Trafford for some time now, and it has been suggested that he could be used as makeweight in Paris Saint-Germain's swoop for Angel di Maria. However the Uruguayan's agent revealed yesterday that his client intends to stay put after receiving assurances about his playing time next term.
Barcelona's Pedro is believed to be close to making the move to Old Trafford, although he wouldn't fill the role of a specialist striker if he does arrive.
So who is the mystery striker that Van Gaal has got everyone talking about? Well, sorry to disappoint you Manchester United fans but this smacks of a wild goose chase.
Van Gaal has often spoken of his disdain at the media meddling in his transfer business in the past and when was the last time a transfer came completely out of the blue and didn't appear in the papers beforehand?
It does seem strange that Manchester United would let Van Persie leave without having a replacement lined up, however the chances of it being no one has heard of are slim.