Manchester United are prepared to shelf plans to sign Mats Hummels for this month and wait until the end of the season to snap up the German World Cup winner, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.
The Red Devils are understood to be tracking the Dortmund ace, who is the club’s top defensive target.
However, a move before the looming transfer deadline is unlikely, with a raid when the season ends firmly on the agenda for the Old Trafford giants.
Louis van Gaal is thought to be looking to draft in a top quality centre-back amid suggestions that his current crop of options are yet to convince him of their qualities.
Hummels is widely hailed as one of Europe’s very best enforcers, and has been a key part of BVB’s recent domestic successes, as well as his nation’s triumphant trip to Brazil last year.
United have also been linked with Valencia’s Nicolas Otamendi, however suggestions that they’ve made a £26m offer for the Argentine are reportedly wide of the mark.