Manchester United 2012-13: 6 Realistic Transfers United Should Pursue in January

Ryan Condon@@Ryancondon91Contributor IDecember 22, 2012

Manchester United 2012-13: 6 Realistic Transfers United Should Pursue in January

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    With the January transfer window fast approaching, here are six realistic transfer targets that Manchester United should consider adding to their already talented squad. 

    The Red Devils currently sit top of The Barclays Premier League table, and their manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, will want to make sure he has a team who is capable of keeping them there come the end of the season.

    Remember, this is a realistic list of transfer targets for The Red Devils, so don't expect to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi in this review. 

    Read on to see who United should consider buying before January 31st. 

1. Wesley Sneijder

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    One main transfer target for Manchester United is Wesley Sneijder, who was continuously linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer. 

    The 28-year-old has refused to sign a new deal at the San Siro after Inter Milan attempted to cut his his astronomical wages to something more reasonable. 

    The Dutch International has been left out of the playing squad on numerous occasions this season, and he has also been sent home early, two games before the Italian football winter break. 

    With Sneijder rebelling against signing a new contract, rumours have once again begun to materialise about a move to the Theatre Of Dreams. 

    With strong suggestions that both Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs may hang up their boots at the end of this season, Sir Alex Ferguson should look to the Internazionale midfielder to fill the gap. 

2. Marouane Fellaini

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    The second transfer target who would benefit Manchester United is Marouane Fellaini. 

    Fellaini's big-money move to Everton in 2008 was rightly questioned at the time, as The Toffees forked out a huge £15 million sum for the unknown Belgium International. 

    But the Belgian quickly quashed his critics and especially in this season's campaign has lived up to his wealthy price tag. 

    His influential performances and eye for goal has left many of England's top clubs craving the signature of Everton's star midfielder. 

    This is a no-brainer for United; he is a player who can tackle, work hard, score goals and change a game. 

    At just 24, Fellaini has made it no secret that he dreams of playing alongside Europe's best players in The Champions League, but it is guaranteed that he will not be leaving Merseyside cheaply. 

3. Mats Hummels

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    The next transfer target, Matt Hummels, is a vital one for The Red Devils.

    Questions have repeatedly been asked about the quality of United's defence, as they continue to leak goals having kept just four Premier League clean sheets this campaign. 

    The Borussia Dortmund centre-back has been influential in the recent success of the German club, and he continues to turn heads in all of football's top leagues. 

    At just 24 years old, the 6'2" German international would be the ideal replacement for United's long-serving Rio Ferdinand, whose contract expires at the end of this season. 

    Although United have recently tied down Johnny Evans to a new contract and also have the likes of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones eagerly awaiting a regular spot in the heart of their defence, a partnership of Hummels and Nemanja Vidic may be the solution to United's lack of clean sheets. 

4. Ezequiel Garay

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    With United on the search for a top-quality centre-back, they may have found their match in Ezequiel Garay. 

    The Argentine defender has been a main factor in assisting Benfica to the top of the Primeira Liga, with his side only conceding eight goals in the process. 

    It's no secret that Sir Alex Ferguson is an admirer of the defender, and at a proposed £15 million, he could well be a cheaper option for the Red Devils to pursue as opposed to Mats Hummels. 

    With Rio Ferdinand on the verge of running out his contract and leaving United, it is essential that they replace the veteran, even though Ferguson would like to rely on the youth of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones to partner Nemanja Vidic. 

5. Wilfried Zaha

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    The next transfer target is one of the most talked about youngsters in England—"wonder kid" Wilfried Zaha. 

    Speculation about the prospect of Wilfried Zaha had been circulating for quite a while, but it wasn't until the Crystal Palace youngster was handed his England debut when England's top teams sparked an interest. 

    Zaha has been a revelation in the London club's push for promotion this year, and he hasn't gone unnoticed as a battle between both United and Arsenal is set to take place this January for his signature. 

    With huge speculation about Nani moving away from Old Trafford in the very near future, it is possible that Sir Alex Ferguson is weighing up the chance to replace him with some new young talent. 

    Zaha would be an ideal addition to The Red Devil's squad as they continue to add to their fast-attacking style of play. 

6. Theo Walcott

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    The sixth and final transfer target for Manchester United in this January's transfer window is quite a shock: Theo Walcott. 

    Although Arsene Wenger is determined to secure the future of the contract rebel, it is looking more and more likely that Walcott will be on his way out of Arsenal very soon. 

    The England international has been linked with many top clubs since he decided against signing a new contract at The Gunners, and United is now becoming a realistic destination. 

    Walcott would benefit United greatly in the pace department, and he can also be captured at a cut price, which will be a great bit of business if United do eventually sell Nani. 

    But it is Walcott's demanding attitude to play as a centre-forward that may discourage United's interest, as they are determined to secure an attacking winger.