Manchester United plotting January swoop for Benedikt Howedes?

Schalke's defender Benedikt Hoewedes celebrates after scoring during the first leg UEFA Champions League Group G football match FC Schalke 04 vs Sporting Clube de Portugal on October 21, 2014
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Germany World Cup winner Benedikt Howedes is a January transfer target for Manchester United, a report claims.

Manchester United are reportedly weighing up a move for Schalke 04 defender Benedikt Howedes when the transfer window reopens in January.

The Germany international, who featured in all seven of his national side's games at the World Cup, is said to be attracting the interest of Louis van Gaal due to his versatility of being able to play at both left-back and in the heart of defence.

United have sent scouts to run the rule over Howedes, according to Goal.com, although he would set the Premier League outfit back around £14m should a move be agreed.

Having come through Schalke's academy setup, the 26-year-old has proved to be an ever-present for the Royal Blues, also attracting the interest of Arsenal and Juventus among others in recent times.

Ashley Cole of AS Roma looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group E match between Manchester City FC and AS Roma on September 30, 2014
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