Man Utd transfers: Three strikers who could sign in January and three who are unlikely to join - in photos

The likes of Cody Gakpo, Goncalo Ramos and Joao Felix continue to be linked with a move to Manchester United.

Manchester United continue to be linked with a host of strikers as the January transfer window approaches.

Erik ten Hag admitted this week that the club would like to add a centre-forward option following the departure of Cristiano Ronaldo last month. The 37-year-old’s release via mutual consent means Anthony Martial is the only recognised centre-forward in the squad. Given the Frenchman’s injury record this season, it presents a huge problem for Ten Hag in the second period of the campaign.

Marcus Rashford has also deputised as a central striker at times this season, but as the World Cup showed, his best performances come from the wide areas. Jadon Sancho’s ongoing absence from the senior squad also emphasises the need for Rashford to play on the flanks.

Therefore, bringing in another forward is of paramount importance to the Red Devils, although the situation is made more complicated by the Glazers’ ongoing plans to sell the club. That is creating an extra layer of uncertainty around Old Trafford, even if the Glazers have not directly funded transfers in recent years.

ManchesterWorld understands that funds are available for United to sign a forward in January, but this could impact the club’s summer budget, albeit the precarious situation surrounding a takeover means it’s difficult to judge how finances will look in six months’ time.

Meanwhile, several names continue to crop up in the gossip columns as United search for a No.9. We’ve had a look through the latest rumours and rated which transfers could happen and which are unlikely to take place.

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