Man United chiefs offering funds to Solskjaer for signing a new midfielder in January

Manchester United are considering offering Ole Gunnar Solskjaer transfer funds in January for a new midfielder, according to reports.

Solskjaer failed in attempts to land his top midfield targets during the summer, with United priced out of moves for Newcastle’s Sean Longstaff and Sporting Lisbon’s Bruno Fernandes.

However, with both players still available at their respective clubs, the Manchester Evening News claim the board are weighing up a big January signing to strengthen United’s midfield.

While summer addition Daniel James has shone for United in front of goal, the club’s midfielders have struggled to produce the goods so far this season.

Solskjaer has insisted his players need time to adjust to his demands and dismissed concerns about the quality and depth in his squad. United sit eighth in the Premier League after collecting just five points from their four games so far this season.

The Red Devils pocketed £73million from the sale of Romelu Lukaku to Inter and have room on their books for another big earner after the departure of Alexis Sanchez to Italy on loan.

Tottenham playmaker Christian Eriksen is a reported target and another player who did not see a summer move materialise, but the Spurs star is believed to prefer a switch to Spain.

United will have to work hard to convince clubs to part with their best players mid-way through a campaign.