First January signing: Man United agree move for top-notch player

Man United chief executive Ed Woodward has sanctioned a Man United deal for a defender in the January transfer window, according to reports.

United have suffered strings of defeats since the start of the season, with Mourinho even ruling his side out of the title race after failing 16 points behind League leaders Liverpool.

The back line of the Red Devils have been the most culpable given their alarmingly dismal form. United have conceded a staggering 26 League goals in 16 games, and this is a team that ended the last season with the second best defensive record.

In a bid to resolve the apparent defence crisis at United, Ed Woodward, Jose Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes sat at table and agreed to sign a defender in January.

Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly is said to be the first choice for Mourinho but the Napoli defender is valued at £90million, a fee to huge for United to meet.

Meanwhile, Toby Alderweireld has stalled over signing a new deal with Tottenham and he will be out of contract next summer. United are looking to take advantage of his situation with Mourinho lining up a £40m bid for the Belgian.

United were involved with the signing of players in the summer but they failed to sign a centre-back.

There is no telling Tottenham would agree to sell Alderweireld. However, he will be a good signing for United if they sign him.