Manchester United are said to be tracking West Ham United star Winston Reid ahead of a possible move for the New Zealand international defender in January, as reported by the Metro.
The Old Trafford club’s defence has emerged as a significant problem since the start of the new season, which has seen Man Utd put together indifferent form since the campaign kicked off.
Despite pre season positivity surrounding the appointment of former Bayern Munich and Barcelona boss Louis van Gaal, the Dutch boss has led the club to only two competitive wins.
They have also suffered humiliating losses against MK Dons and Leicester City, losing 4-0 and 5-3 respectively.
There are now suggestions that Man Utd see Reid as an ideal option in defence, although a January move might be delayed in favour of signing him as a free agent when his contract expires next summer.
Reid has emerged as a consistent defender since joining West Ham in 2010.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton star Chris Perry has suggested that the White Hart Lane club could make a January move for their often linked target Jay Rodriguez, as reported by the Daily Express.
Perry had a 19 year professional career, encompassing time at both clubs, and feels as though Tottenham’s current forward options are not up to scratch when it comes to suiting Mauricio Pochettino’s preferred formation and playing style.
He particularly panned Emmanuel Adebayor, suggesting that he did not have the mobility required to fit into Pochettino’s side.
Perry said: “[Adebayor] doesn’t look particularly mobile and he struggles to play as a lone frontman and unfortunately that’s the way Mauricio Pochettino likes to play. I don’t think he has got the desire to close centre-backs down and run the channels.
“They need someone more mobile and I know they were linked with Jay Rodriguez in the summer and it will be interesting, if he gets fit at Southampton, whether they go back in for him. I know Pochettino likes him as a player.
“I think Harry Kane has done well in little cameo appearances but I don’t think he’s quite ready to start and lead the line just yet.”
With Southampton flying high, Rodriguez’s long term injury could threaten his place in the south coast club’s first team after he recovers.
Ronald Koeman has led the St Mary’s club exceptionally since the start of the season, despite significant suggestions that they would suffer relegation.
With striker Graziano Pelle impressing particularly since the season kicked off, Koeman has good options available to him up front.
Liverpool and Manchester United are set to do battle over the signature of Benfica’s wing wizard Eduardo Salvio, as reported by the Daily Express.
The Argentina international is in high demand across Europe, having impressed considerably over the last two seasons since joining Benfica, the Portuguese giants.
The likes of AC Milan, Hamburg, Monaco and Valladolid are all interested in his signature during the winter window.
However, according to Portuguese outlet A Bola, Liverpool and Man Utd are both also interested in the star.
They are not, however, the favourites for his signature, with Milan thought to be leading the chase, having watched him as Benfica won 3-2 against Estoril.
Having begun his career with Argentinian side Lanus, Salvio moved to Atletico Madrid before joining Benfica on a permanent basis in 2012.
The likes of Spurs, Arsenal and Manchester City have all been linked with Salvio in the past, and as a result, Benfica demanded a £34 million fee for the 24 year old.