Manchester United could get an offer for Eric Bailly in the January transfer window.

The Northern Echo reports that Newcastle United are keen on the center-back to strengthen themselves.

The Newcastle acquisition has just been approved and they are expected to go on a shopping spree.

The situation could offer United the chance to get back much of the £ 30million paid for Bailly in 2016.

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There is no doubt that Bailly is worth the money in terms of skill. As for his consistency, the fact that he made only his 100th appearance for the club in his fifth season should speak for itself.

Bailly has not played a single minute in the Premier League for United this season. So redeeming could be an opportunity too good to turn down.

United could stay close

Selling Bailly would deprive United of exactly what the defender is offering: cover.

As United’s fourth pick, United shouldn’t need Bailly too often, but there will be times when we do.

One of these scenarios could now come our way. Harry Maguire was joined in the injury room by Raphael Varane last night, hobbling into France.

Bailly is needed and that’s why United kept him with them.

If the plan had been to sell Bailly in the middle of the season, Axel Tuanzebe would not have been loaned out.

With United hoping to fight for the title, the mid-season sale of Bailly could be a counterproductive move.

United would either rely on Phil Jones as a fourth choice or be forced into the transfer market.

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So what’s the best solution?

If Newcastle or any other team are serious about applying for Bailly in January they need to be prepared to wait.

United just have to say a deal will be approved, but not until the season is over.

Tuanzebe will then return from loan and while he may be looking to leave permanently, United could offer him Bailly’s place in the squad, which was more than could be offered this season.

If both want to play more regularly, United can look to the market and there will be more opportunities in the summer than in the mid-season.

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