Manchester United are being linked with a move for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria. Reuters
Manchester United are being linked with a move for Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria. Reuters

Manchester United are expected to be one of the busier teams in the January transfer window, after failing to land their intended targets in the summer, and the English Premier League champions continue to be linked with big names, the latest being Real Madrid duo Angel Di Maria and Sami Khedira.

David Moyes is desperate to strengthen his squad as soon as possible, and according to Spanish newspaper Sport, United are ready to make a considerable €70 million double bid for Khedira and Di Maria.

United are in need of a midfielder that will take the game by the scruff of the neck, and while Khedira has his critics, the German international will add plenty of quality to the midfield, something that Marouane Fellaini has failed to bring so far after signing on transfer deadline day from Everton.

Khedira revealed earlier this season that he had rejected a move to United in the summer, after Real Madrid received a bid, thought to be €40 million, from the Premier League club.

Moyes, the report suggests, is ready to try his luck yet again and tempt Khedira one more time.

Another player that the United manager has his eyes on is Di Maria - a much more unlikely move, considering just how highly Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti seems to rate the Argentine winger.

Di Maria has started the majority of the game for Real this season, and Ancelotti himself revealed he chose the former Benfica man over Mesut Ozil, who then went on to sign for Arsenal.

While there is little doubt that Di Maria will be a significant upgrade on the current crop of United wingers, getting the Argentine to agree to a move to Old Trafford will be considerably difficult.

Moyes and chief executive Ed Woodward will probably be satisfied if they can land one of the two Real players, with Khedira, at the moment, looking the more likely option.

United have also been linked with January moves for Leighton Baines and Ander Herrera, two players they failed to land in the summer.

Signing high-profile players in the January window is a difficult exercise, and if Moyes can land at least two players that will add to the squad, a squad which is starting to look good, then United will be serious contenders for titles this season, even without Sir Alex Ferguson.