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Evening Links: Harry Kane and Gareth Bale for Manchester United

Manchester United are looking to bring in Harry Kane from Tottenham Hotspur and Gareth Bale from Real Madrid, as Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria head to the exit.

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Matt Lawton and Mike Keegan have reported in the Daily Mail that Harry Kane of Spurs is a target for Manchester United as they look to strengthen their attack. With Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie now seemingly broken, and with Wayne Rooney also edging towards the end of their career, younger strikers will be targeted to refresh the squad.

Accord to the report, which you can read here, the club are linked with a £45 million bid for the Spurs striker. He's mobile and strong enough to lead the line in a 4-3-3, and at least for this season has displayed a ruthless streak that would suit a side that currently creates very few clear cut chances. The article also mentions that United remain interested in Danny Ings, though Liverpool remain favourites. It's worth noting that the two journalists involved aren't the least reliable hacks about, however fanciful or new the rumour seems.

Just as interestingly, David McDonnell, who has a track record of accurate reporting, is in The Mirror saying that Robin van Persie and Angel Di Maria will be moved on in the summer. Both have had poor seasons, and Di Maria doesn't look happy at all, having seemingly failed to settle in England or the club. The upside to this report is that Gareth Bale is rumoured to be the replacement for Di Maria. Paris Saint-Germain have been linked with a loan-to-permanent move for Di Maria, and it was the club that he wanted to play for when he left Real Madrid anyway. One thing the Bale move would allow is that Juan Mata could then move into the middle of the pitch to support a striker, although it might ultimately mean that he is moved on in the summer too, if Van Gaal doesn't trust him to occupy the central space.

Or maybe it's all rubbish.