Manchester United need to sign a central midfielder. It has been the story of the club's transfer windows for the past two or three seasons and, despite the overdue capture of Marouane Fellaini last summer, the issue remains.
Starting midfielder Michael Carrick has been poor this season, Fellaini failed to get out of the blocks, Phil Jones is increasingly likely to settle in defence and Darren Fletcher has yet to prove he can still perform at the top level.
Tom Cleverley, meanwhile, has become a scapegoat for the club's woes among a section of the support.
Sporting midfielder William Carvalho has been cited as a major target for much of the season, as reported by the Mirror's Steve Bates in March. Recently, though, progress appears to have slowed.
Who, then, can United's new manager look to as a solution to the club's midfield malaise?