Manchester United are ready to shell out big money to land the Brazilian Serie A star who was extensively linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer transfer window.

With Manchester United's attack looking insipid all season, Louis Van Gaal, if he is still at the club, and Ed Woodward are keen to add some attack-minded players in January, and Felipe Anderson of Lazio is right up there at the top of the list.

Anderson had a terrific campaign with Lazio last season, piquing the interest of the likes of Manchester United in the process. However, a move could not be made in the summer, as the English Premier League giants deemed Lazio's transfer fee demands excessive.

With the situation at Manchester United a little different now, though, the club are ready to pay the €45million (£33m) demanded by Lazio in the summer for Anderson, according to La Repubblica.

Anderson and Lazio have not had the greatest of times in Serie A this season, but Manchester United must believe, at 22, the Brazilian has big potential to become a world-class player, if they are willing to pay the amount quoted.

While any player who can provide Manchester United some cutting-edge will be welcomed by the fans, Anderson is not the kind of player who can shine through the middle as the lone striker. The Brazilian is at his best either out wide or behind the striker, and what Manchester United really require at the moment is a proper centre-forward, someone who can help reduce the burden on Wayne Rooney and youngster Anthony Martial.

"Manchester United still need something for me," Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard told BT Sport after Manchester United's 0-0 draw with Chelsea on Monday.

"I think they need an extra striker because there's still too much pressure on Wayne Rooney.

"Martial is very young, [Memphis] Depay is very young, I think they need an extra striker to come and help Wayne Rooney with the goal burden."