Man Utd may not be active this January claims Van Gaal

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has said he does not expect any arrivals at old Trafford this winter, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Mats Hummels and Kevin Strootman have been mooted as transfer targets for the Dutchman but he has played down such reports.

United spent around £150m in the summer as Van Gaal set about transforming his new side’s squad with the likes of Angel Di Maria, Ander Herrera and Radamel Falcao all arriving at the club.

But Van Gaal was keen to stress that he does not envision any new recruits in the near future.

He said: “I don’t think that we shall be very active as not many players of a certain level are available.

“I have said that when we buy a player he has to be better than the players that are playing now and that is a difficult job.”

Strootman has only recently returned to the Roma side following a serious injury that kept him out of the World Cup last summer – where Van Gaal would have been his national team boss.

However Roma quoted around £80m for their holding midfielder even when he was injured, and with realistic negotiation the price would still seem too high for United.

Meanwhile Hummels has been linked with moves away with Borussia Dortmund currently bottom of the Bundesliga as they headed into their winter break.

It has been an appauling season for the club that only won the German league just four years ago in 2011 and again 2012, whilst finishing runners up last season.

While their 26-year old defender has been linked away he has played down speculation about his availability meaning United may not make a move.

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