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Manchester United have given Jose Mourinho the green light to sign a defender next month, with a report claiming a No.1 target has emerged.

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Ed Woodward has apparently given Mourinho the go ahead to strengthen his back four after conceding 26 goals in 16 Premier League games – the most in the top-half of the table.

The Sun claim Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with United executive vice chairman Woodward last week to draw up a plan for the January transfer window.

Mourinho’s top target is understood to be Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, but the report claims Woodward has blocked that because the centre-back will cost around £90million.

Instead a compromise has been struck and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld – a player Mourinho wanted in the summer – is now believed to be top of their list.

The 29-year-old Belgium international is out of contract next summer and United want to pay around £40million to get him on board.

Last week the Daily Record claims United were lining up a move for Porto centre-back Eder Militao.

The Brazil international has a release clause of around £45million in his contract though and it’s though Alderweireld is believed to be a better proposition.

The Spurs man is seen at Old Trafford as a man who would not need long to get up to speed and would drastically improve a leaky United rearguard.

The report does go on to say that the decision to invest in a defender “is seen as a necessary action to improve results short term rather than a vote of confidence in their embattled manager”.

Mourinho’s position is believed to be under review, but a decision is not expected to be made by the United hierarchy until next summer with Mauricio Pochettino understood to be in the Old Trafford frame.

Manchester United have given Jose Mourinho the green light to sign a defender next month, with a report claiming a No.1 target has emerged.

Ed Woodward has apparently given Mourinho the go ahead to strengthen his back four after conceding 26 goals in 16 Premier League games – the most in the top-half of the table.

The Sun claim Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes held talks with United executive vice chairman Woodward last week to draw up a plan for the January transfer window.

Mourinho’s top target is understood to be Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, but the report claims Woodward has blocked that because the centre-back will cost around £90million.

Instead a compromise has been struck and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld – a player Mourinho wanted in the summer – is now believed to be top of their list.

The 29-year-old Belgium international is out of contract next summer and United want to pay around £40million to get him on board.

Last week the Daily Record claims United were lining up a move for Porto centre-back Eder Militao.

The Brazil international has a release clause of around £45million in his contract though and it’s though Alderweireld is believed to be a better proposition.

The Spurs man is seen at Old Trafford as a man who would not need long to get up to speed and would drastically improve a leaky United rearguard.

The report does go on to say that the decision to invest in a defender “is seen as a necessary action to improve results short term rather than a vote of confidence in their embattled manager”.

Mourinho’s position is believed to be under review, but a decision is not expected to be made by the United hierarchy until next summer with Mauricio Pochettino understood to be in the Old Trafford frame.

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