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Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez a January target for Man United boss Louis van Gaal

Published 16/10/2015 | 08:54

Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez
Newcastle United’s Ayoze Perez

Manchester United will look to sign Newcastle striker Ayoze Perez in January, according to reports.

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Metro claims that Louis van Gaal is an admirer of the forward, and wants to boslter his attacking options after seeing Memphis Depay start slowly to life at Old Trafford, and Wayne Rooney out of form.

Suggestions that Van Gaal is interested in Ayoze were first made by the Newcastle Chronicle, which claimed the Dutch manager first sent scouts to monitor him in the summer.

Tottenham are also thought to be interested in the Spaniard, who has been one of the few bright spots for Newcastle in what has been a dismal start to the season.

Ayoze cost just £1.5m from Tenerife last summer, but impressed in his first season at St James' Park with his movement and eye for goal.

The forward scored seven times in the Premier League last term, and put Newcastle ahead against Chelsea in September.

One player who United look set to miss out on however is Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte.

Laporte was linked with a move to Old Trafford throughout the summer, but according to The Mirror will move to Barcelona instead at the end of next season.

The paper claims that Barca will pay £35m for the centre-back, and follows Van Gaal missing out on Sergio Ramos during pre-season.

The Dutchman will have to look elsewhere now to boslter his options in central defence, with Daley Blind and Chris Smalling not entirely convincing as a first-choice pairing.

United will also be interested to hear that Neymar will begin negotiations with Barcelona in January to discuss a new contract.

The Brazilian was another player linked with moving to Manchester in the summer, but an extension of his deal at the Nou Camp would effectively end any interest United have.

Though it probably wouldn't stop the rumours.

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