With millions of new investment at their disposal, Newcastle and West Ham may try and bolster their squads in the January transfer window.
And there’s one club both sides could look to pilfer with plenty of unused talent on offer – Manchester United.
The Red Devils have one of the largest squads in the Premier League and could look to trim that down by potentially moving on some of their fringe players, and with plenty of potential buyers on the market.
After finally securing a long awaited takeover, Newcastle United will almost certainly be dipping into the January transfer window as they bid to avoid relegation.
New manager Eddie Howe has a lot of work to do to change the club’s season around but will be comforted knowing that he will have an open cheque book to use.
Similarly in east London, West Ham received a cash injection from Czech Republic Billionaire Daniel Kretinsky who has purchased a 27 per cent stake in the club.
Manager David Moyes could look to bring back a familiar face or two as the high-flying Hammers look to juggle their European and league ambitions.
With that in mind, talkSPORT.com looks at who both clubs could look to bring in from Old Trafford with a host of top talent sitting frustrated on their bench.
Dean Henderson (goalkeeper)
Given the amount of goals they’ve shipped this season, Newcastle could be looking to sign a new No.1.
Having been so reliable in previous seasons, Martin Dubravka hasn’t played a minute in goal this term, with a foot injury preventing him from featuring in any of the club’s opening matches. He has since recovered but was overlooked by former boss Steve Bruce.
In the Slovakian’s place have been Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman who haven’t exactly fared better. The former has started seven league games this season, conceding 11 times, and the latter has only played four times but conceded a whopping 12 goals.
Whilst Dubravka could make a return under new boss Howe, England international Henderson could be a more than viable option given his age, and the quality he showed whilst on loan at Sheffield United, where he kept 14 clean sheets in 36 games in 2019/20.
That form saw many tip the 24-year-old to take David de Gea’s spot as United’s No.1 this season, but Solskjaer has stuck with the Spaniard and Henderson has been urged to leave to seek the regular gametime he deserves.
Phil Jones (centre-back)
Premier League champion Phil Jones has had a torrid time of late at Old Trafford and could seek a move to reignite his career.
The 29-year-old hasn’t featured in a senior game for the Red Devils since January 2020, having only made three appearances for the club’s under-23 team this season.
According to reports, 13 clubs could offer Jones a way out with one of those teams being Newcastle United.
Given his age and experience, Jones’ many suitors clearly believe the centre-back still has a lot to offer despite his appalling injury return.
And it could be a case of when, not if, Jones is playing senior football again, with the Magpies reportedly willing to give his Premier League career a lifeline.
Diogo Dalot (right-back)
Given his age, 22-year-old Diogo Dalot still has entire career ahead of him and could want to leave Old Trafford to fulfil his potential.
Dalot spent last year out on loan at AC Milan, where he found game time easier to come by, making 21 Serie A appearances.
But, now back at United under Solskjaer, the Portuguese defender has been a bit-part player this season having only featured six times in all competitions.
If Newcastle or West Ham want to add the full-back to their ranks they will face a task in securing his signature.
Having signed him in 2018, former Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen on working with him again at Roma.
Juan Mata (attacking midfielder)
With the experience and quality the Spaniard possesses, both Newcastle and West Ham could highly benefit from Juan Mata’s services.
At 33, the Champions League and World Cup winning midfielder may look for one last hurrah before hanging up his boots.
Moyes signed him in January 2014 whilst he was United’s manager and may want to secure a reunion at the London Stadium.
Newcastle could benefit more, though, given the lack of creativity they currently have in their squad.
Jesse Lingard (attacking midfielder)
After excelling on loan at West Ham during the second half of the 2020/21 season, and helping the Irons secure a place in the Europa League, Jesse Lingard may want to continue his adventure at the London Stadium.
The 28-year-old has had a mixed time since returning to Old Trafford, he’s scored twice in five league appearances, including a late winner against West Ham.
However, he has been unable to nail down a starting spot in Solskjaer’s team and, given his age, he would want to be playing regular football and would be able to achieve that under Moyes.
Anthony Martial (striker)
The Frenchman arrived at Old Trafford with a lot of potential but has sadly not fulfilled it.
Anthony Martial was signed in 2015 and enjoyed one of the greatest debuts ever by scoring a sensational goal against fierce rivals Liverpool but since then has not pushed on.
Given his age, he’s still only 25-years-old, the club’s No.9 still has plenty of time to resurrect his career and could seize that opportunity at Newcastle where he would be able to link up with fellow Frenchman Allan Saint-Maximin.
Featuring only seven times in all competitions this season, Martial will surely want a transfer and, given Newcastle’s need to add more firepower, a deal could be beneficial for both parties – given the price is right.