Manchester United midfielder Anderson could be loaned out to FC Pune City.Reuters

Manchester United midfielder Anderson and former Chelsea and Barcelona forward Eidur Gudjohnsen could be snapped by Indian Super League (ISL) team FC Pune City, ahead of the inaugural edition of the ISL which starts next month.

"We need a striker and a midfielder," Gaurav Modwel, CEO of the Wadhan Group that owns the Indian side, told Goal.

The report also claims that Pune are very close to signing the duo, who could turn out to be key players for the club over the course of the ISL season.

Anderson has been out of favour at United for long, in a career riddled with bad form and injuries. Pune could get the Brazilian on a two-month loan, which could prove beneficial to the club, considering the fact that he is still in his prime. It is believed that Louis Van Gaal will allow the 26-year-old to go to the ISL on a short-term basis, if a loan fee can be agreed.

Gudjohnsen (second from left) is currently a free agent, and is said to be in talks with FC Pune City.Reuters

Meanwhile, Gudjohnsen is currently a free agent, and can easily be snapped up by the ISL outfit. The 36-year-old forward could be a valuable buy for Pune, as he has a vast amount of experience under his belt, having played in seven different leagues in Europe, including top competitions like the Barclays Premier League, the La Liga and the Belgian Pro League.

The former Iceland star was recently released by Club Brugge of Belgium. Gudjohnsen has been training with Denmark outfit Kobenhaven, and has even played a couple of practice matches for the club, as reported by Danish newspaper HLNBE.

It has also been reported that both Pune and Chennaiyn FC are in talks with former Romanian striker Adrian Mutu. If Pune signs both Mutu and Gudjohnsen, Indian football fans will get to see the two former Chelsea forwards together again. However, that prospect looks unlikely as of now, as it is expected that Pune will sign only one forward.

Pune already have former France international David Trezeguet in their ranks, and are unlikely to buy two more strikers.

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