Manchester United are reportedly considering moves for Jamie Vardy, Javier Hernandez and Alexis Sanchez as they seek to strengthen their attack in January.
The Red Devils want to add some more firepower and provide extra back-up to Romelu Lukaku, as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is continuing to struggle with injury, according to Sam Wallace at the Daily Telegraph.
David Ornstein @bbcsport_david
As reported by others, Alexis Sanchez will leave Arsenal this month if suitable offer made + replacement secured. Hierarchy accept/expect it, conversations continue with Man City. #AFC wanted £35m, #MCFC £20m, possible compromise £25-30m. 1st choice replacement Bordeaux’s Malcom https://t.co/lZtS98ocqk2018-1-11 21:58:05
However, the Red Devils have offered Arsenal £25 million for Sanchez and are also willing to sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan to the Gunners, per Fabrizio Romano and Ed Aarons at the Guardian.
Bleacher Report's Rob Blanchette said that would be a great deal for United:
Rob Blanchette @_Rob_B
Cash + Mkhitaryan for Alexis Sanchez would be a phenomenal deal for #MUFC. Pay him wherever he and Arsenal want. Zlatan is off and we need an attacker that can score goals and support Lukaku. 💷⚽️2018-1-11 18:08:08
The deal may also make sense for Arsenal, but Sanchez appears determined to move to City, and it may be difficult to persuade the Chile international his future lies anywhere other than the Etihad Stadium.
Vardy is also a target but would cost United £35 million, making him the most expensive of the three attackers, per Wallace.
The England international would bring goals and has 10 this season for the Foxes. He would also be eligible to play for United in the UEFA Champions League.
Vardy previously turned down a move to Arsenal but has said "that doesn't mean I wouldn't look at another offer," per Matt Law at the Daily Telegraph.
Whether he would be willing to go from being Leicester's first choice to Lukaku's understudy remains to be seen, and United may also find his price tag a little high considering he is 31.
United's third target is Hernandez, a man the Red Devils know well after he spent five years at the club before being sold to Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.
The Mexico international made a name for himself as a goal-poacher during his time at Old Trafford, particularly as a substitute, and he was hugely popular among supporters.
Per Wallace, Hernandez is not wanted at West Ham United, and United manager Jose Mourinho has said previously he would not have allowed him to leave Old Trafford.
Opta showed just how good his record is in the Premier League:
261 – Javier Hernandez has the 9th best minutes per goal ratio of players to score 20+ goals in Premier League history (143 mins/goal); although, the Mexican has only averaged a goal every 261 mins this term. Taxi. https://t.co/jk0u8XlxwZ2018-1-11 10:24:07
However, sports writer Adam Joseph feels the forward no longer has the quality to play for United:
Adam Joseph @AdamJosephSport
If you want Javier Hernandez back at Manchester United in 2018 you need to turn off the old Manchester United Season DVD’s & watch him play for West Ham. He was fun once upon a time but he hasn’t been good enough for Old Trafford in a long time.2018-1-11 11:46:47
Hernandez has four goals in 17 Premier League outings for West Ham this season, and his future looks bleak under manager David Moyes.
While he would probably be keen on a return to United, it would be something of a gamble for the club. There's no guarantee he could recover the form that made him such a hit with the Red Devils during his first stint at Old Trafford.