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Five Strikers United Should Sign This January

January 19, 2017

- Grant Whittington

Manchester United moved a step closer to a major trophy in Jose Mourinho’s first season as manager following their EFL Cup victory over Hull.  The Red Devils are playing with a swagger; arrogance and unerring confidence that has propelled them to the cusp of a coveted top four spot.

After a shaky start to life at Old Trafford, the self-proclaimed “Special One” has led his side on a fantastic unbeaten run in all competitions – the club’s longest run since March 2013.

Mourinho is widely expected to bolster his squad this month as his side go in search of a Champions League place. The centre-forward position has been targeted as an area of weakness going forward – the clock on Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s career continues to tick away, with promising youngsters Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial still far from being the finished article.

Here is an analysis of five top-drawer frontmen to have been linked with a move to Old Trafford who have the potential to increase Manchester United’s top four odds as we approach the second half of an enthralling Premier League season.

Antoine Griezmann

The Frenchman was recently named in UEFA’s Team of the Year and the Athletico Madrid ace would strengthen United’s attacking options significantly. Griezmann will soon be heading into his peak years and has openly stated he would like to play club football with fellow countryman Paul Pogba when the time is right. Undoubtedly one of the biggest stars in European football, Diego Simeone’s prized asset would cost United at least £60 million.

Harry Kane

England’s best out-and-out centre-forward since Alan Shearer is well on his way to scoring more than 20 in the Premier League for the third consecutive campaign. However, luring Kane away from White Hart Lane may take more than just a sizeable outlay if United are to tempt Tottenham’s talisman to Manchester. Hailed by Spurs fans as one of their own and contracted to the club until 2020, the 23-year-old could be the perfect long-term solution to United’s striking problems.

Paulo Dybala

The highly-rated Argentinean has registered four goals in nine starts this campaign, adding to the 19 he netted in Serie A last season. Possessing exquisite close control, finishing ability and flair, the 23-year-old is being tipped to emulate the world’s greatest exponents of the beautiful game.

At present, his game is certainly more suited to Serie A than the Premier League as he would struggle to cope with the high physicality of the English game. However, Dybala is still very much a raw talent with expansive room for growth.

Keita Balde Diao

The 21-year-old has helped himself to five goals in 15 starts this season as Lazio sit in fourth position – just a point off a Champions League place. The Senegalese international has impressed with his versatility and willingness to take players on – his speed and dribbling would add excitement to the fast and frenetic nature of the Premier League.

Moussa Dembele

Another rising star on the European circuit, Dembele has been in sensational form for Celtic since his move from Fulham in the summer. Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to keep hold of the 20-year-old, but interest in the Frenchman is fierce with West Ham and Arsenal reportedly keen on acquiring the services of the youngster.

Dembele has scored nine times so far in the Scottish Premiership as well as impressing with his performances in the Champions League – most notably his stunning brace against Manchester City in a breathtaking 3-3 draw.

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