The January transfer window has just two precious weeks remaining for clubs with pretensions for glory or simply survival to bring someone in who could make all the difference. In the case of Manchester United the aim must be to avoid an unthinkable absence from next seasons Champions League.
The Red Devils do seem to have turned a corner with more spirited performances against Newcastle and Liverpool and with an unpredictable league you can't even rule out an unlikely shout at the title. Reports this morning are suggesting that United are very keen on a move for unhappy Real Madrid star James Rodriguez who joined after a sensational World Cup and ahead of fellow Colombian Falcao who was widely tipped to join Real before his untimely injury.
The 24-year-old midfielder is out of favour however with new boss Zinedine Zidane according to the Metro and is unhappy at being consigned to the bench. Rodriguez did suffer an injury while on international duty in September 2015 and did not return until November which reflects his lack of appearances and goals so far in the 2015-16 season.
The Manchester Evening News believe the deal makes sense both providing United with a highly marketable asset but also to add a quality attacking option as they push to improve on 5th in the table.
Offers upwards of £60m or even a United record are understood to be required to tempt Real to sell, especially with a transfer embargo looming.
Would Rodriguez be an Ed Woodward masterstroke?