Abdul Majeed Waris Ghana
Manchester United are interested in signing Ghana international Abdul Majeed Waris from TrabzonsporReuters

After reports of Ryan Giggs taking time out to watch Trabzonspor forward Abdul Majeed Waris emerged, the Turkish club confirmed Manchester United's interest in their player.

Louis Van Gaal is certain to strengthen his squad in the January transfer window, with Manchester United being linked to a whole host of players – from goalkeepers, defenders, midfielders to attackers.

It remains to be seen just how many players and how much money Van Gaal and Manchester United will spend in January, but there does seem to be some substance in rumours linking Waris with a transfer to Old Trafford.

"We have not have any direct offers however, we know Manchester United are scouting Waris and keeping close tabs on him," chief executive Burak Gurdal is quoted as saying by Sporx.

"Not just Waris, we have a few players being closely watched.

"We only signed Waris two months ago and are not interested in selling right now but you never know what will happen in the future."

Trabzonspor, of course, will not be able to hold onto Waris if Manchester United make a tempting offer, with the Ghana international seen as a speedy forward who can play across the forwardline while also chipping in with goals.

Giggs reportedly watched Waris play in Trabszonspor's Europa League match against Lokeren last Thursday.

Manchester United's priority in the January transfer window is not thought to be a forward, but the player's agent, while not being aware of interest from the English Premier League, admitted he is not surprised that big clubs are keeping tabs on Waris.

"I wasn't aware of Manchester United travelling to the Europa League fixture -- but Premier League interest does not surprise me," the agent was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail.

Waris only moved to the Turkish side in the summer for a reported fee of €6 million. Trabzonspor, if they are ready to listen to offers in the January transfer window, will undoubtedly look to make a handsome profit on that amount that they paid Spartak Moscow to receive Waris' services.

Manchester United have been linked with a lot more high-profile moves in the January transfer window, with the likes of Arturo Vidal, Kevin Strootman, Mats Hummels and Sami Khedira thought to be on Van Gaal's radar, but signing the talented Waris at a reasonable price might turn out to be good business for the club.