Ole: We are always looking for players
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says transfer speculation goes with the territory but admits he is always on the look-out for new players.
The transfer window reopens next month and, inevitably, the Reds are already being linked with a whole host of stars from across the globe.
Talk around one of them, Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Braut Haaland, reached fever pitch on Friday, amid reports the Norwegian was on his way to Manchester for talks.
However, the manager laughed at the rumours and stressed the club is relaxed when it comes to doing business in the new year, which is traditionally a difficult time to .
“I don't think he [Haaland] is en route here to be fair,” Ole said at his press conference, ahead of the game with Watford.
“Not through me, anyway.
”Well, he's not coming to Manchester... because, well... I know the boy and I know his friends. He's on a Christmas holiday.
“You can't fly anywhere from Stavanger, can you? So you need to go via [somewhere].
”You know I can't comment on other teams' players. I've said that many a time.
“That's just one of those things in this job - you get so much speculation all the time.”
There could be some work done during the window, of an incoming and outgoing nature, as Ole continues to reshape his squad.
Confirming he was hopeful of making at least one addition in January, he added:
“As a manager, you always hope you can do something but, then again, it's not something that's nailed on. It has to be the right player, the right age, he's got to fit into this squad and for the right value.
”We're always looking and the transfer window will be open but it might not happen.
The manager was asked about his midfield options and whether they would be under consideration when it comes to transfer business.
He was also questioned on whether Paul Pogba could leave.
“Paul's not getting sold in January, no,” stated the boss.
“Nemanja [Matic] is back and Paul's coming back so, of course, we're not as light as we were, say, a month ago. So I can't say yes or no [about signing a midfielder] but we're looking stronger.
”When we started the season, I was happy with the midfield I had.
Ole on the prospect of January transfersVideo
“There's always a chance of outgoing moves,” Ole added.
“I can say with 99.9 per cent sureness that they [squad members] won't go but there are always teams who will come and be interested in some of ours.
”Maybe they haven't played enough so, of course, there may be a chance.