Manchester United have discussed the possibility of signing Norwich City defender Max Aarons, but consider that they should wait until the summer to consolidate their interest, sources told ESPN.
Aarons has been a target since last summer, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the recruitment department compiled a list of league players who could be signed after the Premier League transfer deadline.
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United remain interested in the 20-year-old, but the price asked by Norwich is an obstacle. Norwich are also keen to keep their best players in January as they try to win promotion back to the Premier League on the first try.
I am in the top of the championship, four points away from the playoffs. Aarons, who made 36 Premier League appearances last season, is predominantly a right-back, but can also play on the left.
Solskjaer wants to offer cover to the defender after lending Diogo Dalot to AC Milan, while Brandon Williams has made only one appearance in the league after struggling to match the form he showed last season.
Sources told ESPN that the club has received a number of loan offers for Williams, but have not yet set a plan for its future.
Meanwhile, sources told ESPN that United are still working to bring in Ecuadorian midfielder Moises Caicedo, but that an agreement has not yet been reached. The 19-year-old, who has already made his senior international debut, will probably cost around £ 5 million from Independiente del Valle.
Extreme Amad Diallo is expected to arrive in January after a £ 37.2m deal was agreed with Atalanta in the summer, with United confident that the 18-year-old will receive a work permit from the UK after received an Italian passport in December.
United have launched the option to extend Jesse Lingard’s contract for another 12 months.