Names to feature prominently on Manchester United’s shopping list are also underscored on those of plenty of their rivals and, as a result, the Red Devils find themselves in a few transfer duels this morning.
Elsewhere, the rumour mill fuels talk of a former Old Trafford illuminator returning to the top-flight.
Memphis Depay – PSV Eindhoven to Man Utd
The Netherlands’ youngest ever World Cup goalscorer is highly-rated by Reds boss Louis van Gaal and has long been linked with a Theatre of Dreams switch.
Another club to have taken a liking to the 20-year-old, however, is Tottenham, who see the Dutch speedster as the perfect replacement for their own fleet-footed winger, Aaron Lennon, or so say the Sunday Express.
Pace is his asset Van Gaal craves most, but with ten goals in 14 starts for Eindhoven’s finest, he clearly has much more in his locker than lightening fast feet.
Cooling on the windowsill of the PSV talent factory, Depay will cost interested parties £15m.
Nathaniel Clyne – Southampton to Man Utd
Strengthening at right-back is another of LVG’s priorities and the improved defensive diligence of Clyne over Everton’s Seamus Coleman may prompt the 13-time Premier League champions to raid St Mary’s as opposed to Goodison Park.
The Daily Star is of the opinion that a Man Utd scouting team took their binoculars to Newcastle to watch the England international in action, where they may have been sat close to Liverpool counterparts, who the same source reports are also interested.
However, with Glen Johnson believed to be close to agreeing to extend his Anfield tenure, it’s unlikely Brendan Rodgers will be firming up his interest in the former Crystal Palace full-back, rated at £20m.
Dimitar Berbatov – Monaco to QPR
Harry Redknapp has pursued some funny old targets this January, with strikers Dani Osvaldo and Alexandre Pato linked after Mauro Zarate was signed.
In chasing languorous Bulgarian Berbatov, it has confirmed growing suspicions that building a ‘bad attitude’ XI is key to the R’s boss’ relegation avoidance master plan, with current odds of 7/10 saying it won’t work.
The former Man Utd and Spurs forward is thought to fancy a London return and would cost £1m.