Former Manchester United striker Andy Cole has insisted rumours from inside Old Trafford suggest that United will sign a player or two during January, but has warned that David Moyes might have to be prepared to pay a premium for his targets, while clubs will be reluctant to part way with their players.
The January transfer window has been open for a couple of days and while United have been linked to a host of players, there are still doubts over whether David Moyes will welcome some new faces at Old Trafford this month.
After the embarrassing fiasco of the summer transfer window United are in desperate need of a couple of quality signings, with the central midfield area and the left-back position likely to top the United manager’s list of priorities, given both were again brutally exposed in New Year’s Day’s defeat against Spurs.
With Ryan Giggs in his 40s, Michael Carrick just back from injury and neither Tom Cleverley nor Anderson capable to provide the quality United need in the middle of the park, United have struggled throughout the first half of the season while deadline day signing Marouane Fellaini is still to make his mark at Old Trafford.
Cole, however, believes that while United are normally not a club to spend money in January, we could see some arrivals this month.
“From all the noises coming out of the camp, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a bit of activity,” he told United Review.
“Our club, historically, doesn’t do too much in January but we have a new manager with new ideas.
“I just wonder who will want to sell their better players halfway through a season. There are also inflated prices to consider as well.
“You get chairmen bumping prices up because they know their players are in demand and other clubs will pay what they have to pay for what they need.
“Those chairmen are in very powerful positions, especially if the players concerned are tied down to long-term contracts.”