Manchester United are eyeing a sensational double swoop for German World Cup winners Mats Hummels and Benedikt Howedes in the January transfer window.
The Old Trafford club have struggled defensively this season, with their poor record at the back contributing to the fact that they have fallen behind leading duo Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.
While Louis van Gaal has settled on Phil Jones, Jonny Evans and Chris Smalling to for his defence, there is a belief that he is looking to improve his options in the winter transfer window, which opened for English clubs on Friday.
Now he has put the two Germany internationals at the top of his winter wishlist.
Both players are thought to be keen on a move away from their respective clubs in January, according to the Daily Express.
Hummels has seen Dortmund drop into the relegation zone heading into the winter break, a huge fall for a club used to challenging for the title.