Manchester United manager David Moyes has distanced the club from a move for Monaco forward Radamel Falcao, after suggestions of interest from the Red Devils in his services.
Per the Daily Mail's Joe Bernstein, reports have grown in recent days but the Scot insists the club are not in the market for a centre-forward. Instead, Bernstein reports that two central midfield players are the club's current priority.
Manchester United rule out Robin van Persie and Shinji Kagawa sales in January as David Moyes ignores Radamel Falcao http://t.co/oFxzWQcsR3— Daily Mail Football (@MAILfootball) December 22, 2013
Moyes told reporters:
I would not say we are in desperate need of an out-and-out centre-forward. We have got Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney, Chicharito (Hernandez), Danny Welbeck. Shinji can play in behind as well, we are covered.
It is easy for people to throw names up, but when they look at it more closely you might say it wasn’t that good a suggestion.
Any link between the Red Devils and Falcao is tenuous at best, with Moyes correct in his assertion that the striking positions are not a priority at present.
United's woes in midfield have been well documented and summer addition Marouane Fellaini has yet to make a significant impact, with the lack of dynamism in the centre of the pitch unresolved.
Fellaini is undoubtedly a very good player but, when used alongside Michael Carrick, there is a distinct lack of pace and energy in the United midfield.
Defensive positions are also more of an immediate priority than a striker, with long-term defensive stalwarts Rio Ferdinand, Patrice Evra and Nemanja Vidic all aging and approaching the end of their current contracts, per Transfermarkt.
While Jonny Evans, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all performed well this campaign, there will likely be plans to bring in a leading centre-back if available in the next year, and a replacement for Evra is a necessity.
Both Porto's Alex Sandro and Everton's Leighton Baines are heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford, per Metro's Daniel Jones, while there has been no recent talk of Evra remaining at the club.
Moyes has a significant renovation project to undertake at Old Trafford and, while the striking department cannot be completely ignored, it is a task for next summer rather than the January window.
For the sake of the club's season, it is the midfield that must be prioritised for the time being.