Jose Mourinho Identifies Three Attacking Targets For Manchester United to Sign

Alexis Sanchez, Jamie Vardy and Javier Hernandez are all on Jose Mourinho's shortlist of attacking players he wants Manchester United to try and sign in January.

Mourinho's team is second in the Premier League table and 15 points behind runaway leaders and rivals Manchester City, who are also looking to make additions this winter.

Sanchez has looked destined to join Pep Guardiola at the Etihad Stadium, but United have made a last-minute swoop for the Chilean forward. According to the Guardian, they have made a bid of £25 million for Sanchez, £5 million more than City have offered.

The 29-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season, meaning he can leave the Emirates Stadium for free, and City were content with waiting until then. But United's bid looks likely to see Sanchez depart for Manchester this month.

Mourinho also wants executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to attempt to sign Leicester City's Jamie Vardy and West Ham's Javier Hernandez, according to The Daily Telegraph. A move for Hernandez could be successful as West Ham look to slim down their attacking options, despite only signing the Mexican in the summer.

The 29-year-old spent five years at United, between 2010 and 2015, but Mourinho is keen to bring him back and has spoken fondly of him this season.

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Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, December 30, 2017. Mourinho wants Manchester United to spend in the January transfer window. OLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty

"I am not sure if it was his decision or the manager's decision [to leave United], but he's a good player," Mourinho said in the summer after West Ham signed Hernandez. "He's a player that will always score goals, so he is a player I would always welcome in my squad because he doesn't need many minutes on the pitch to score a goal."

Hernandez has four goals in 21 appearances so far for West Ham, while Vardy has got 10 in 26 for Leicester. Vardy, 30, was one of the key players in Claudio Ranieri's title-winning side in 2016, when he scored 24 goals in 38 games for Leicester.

Such success saw Vardy linked with the top clubs in the country, and he is believed to have come close to a move to Arsenal. Mourinho sees Vardy and Hernandez as potential back-up to Romelu Lukaku who United signed from Everton in the summer for £75 million.

Mourinho hopes to have bolstered his squad by the time the transfer window closes on January 31, but before then he has games to focus on. United's next game sees them host Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday (January 15).