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From Neymar to Charlie Austin...Man Utd's latest wild rumour

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Charlie Austin to Man Utd? Don't be silly
Charlie Austin to Man Utd? Don't be silly

They have spent much of this summer chasing some of the world's top stars, but Manchester United are now being linked with some unfamiliar targets in the final hours of the transfer window.

After Sunday's defeat at Swansea hastened the demand from United fans for new signings, fresh bids for Gareth Bale and another move to try and sign Bayern Munich Thomas Muller are rumoured to be on the card.

Yet transfers of that magnitude cannot be pieced together in the space of a few hours and that means United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward finds himself shopping in the bargain bins at the end of the summer sales.

So a week after Brazil superstar Neymar was ludicrously linked with a move to United, now the rumours suggest they are weighing up a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin.

While Austin would clearly jump at the chance of a move to United, he is hardly the kind of stellar name the club's army of supporters around the world are crying out for. Panic buys are all part of the find hours of a transfer window story, but this one is never going to happen.

A move for Monaco teenager Anthony Martial may be a more credible story, with this supremely gifted attacking starlet being tipped to emerge as one of the biggest names in the game over the next few years. 

Martial is reported to have agreed a deal to join United, with a medical imminent for the French youngster.

As ever in the final hours of the transfer scramble, the price of players spiral and any bid to sign Martial would have to be in the region of £36m, according to reports in France.

Martial appears to be a thrillingly promising talent. Only 19 and with pace and finishing ability in abundance, he scored 32 goals in 21 games for the Lyon under-17 side no so long ago. However, paying such a huge fee for a youthful star oozing with promise would be a gamble.

In truth, United have left made a mess of their transfer dealings for a third year running and unless Woodward can pull a rabbit out of his hat after of the 6pm deadline on Tuesday, his future in his current role will come under increased scrutiny.

Meanwhile, advisers to United keeper David De Gea have flown into Manchester to try and finalise his move to Real Madrid ahead of the close of the Spanish transfer deadline, which closes at 11pm on Monday (Irish time).

There are also suggestions that United's back-up keeper Anders Lindegaard is on the brink of joining West Bromwich Albion, with Adnan Januzaj on his way to Germany after a deal was agreed for a season-long loan move to Borussia Dortmund.

Javier Hernandez has also left United after bringing to a close his five year stay at Old Trafford to sign for Bayer Leverkusen.

As ever amid the transfer deadline madness, the rumours and denials will flow in the next few hours.

sundayworld.com will keep you up-to-date with all the transfer drama in the run-up to Tuesday's 6pm transfer deadline.