Manchester United target Spurs £50-million rated defender Danny Rose

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Manchester United are considering bidding for Tottenham Hotspur’s England left-back Danny Rose, rated at £50 million, in the January transfer window.

Rose would seem to fit the bill in a problem position for United – Luke Shaw is making slow progress from injury and appears not to be trusted by manager Jose Mourinho, while Daley Blind and Ashley Young have played there, it is not a natural position for either.

However, tempting Spurs to sell could be difficult, especially if they have qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League and are still in the Premier League title race.

But, if Spurs should falter, United hope there may be a chance to sign Rose, especially if the player expresses a desire to leave – he has in the past said he would be open to a move to a club that offered bigger wages, something that Unite would do.

Even if that were to happen, a deal would still be some way away, given that Spurs’ chairman Daniel Levy drives a notoriously hard bargain, and will not have forgotten United’s efforts to unsettle Eric Dier in the summer.

Rose himself, who has made more than 150 appearances for Spurs, has recently returned to training, having been out injured since January.