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Manchester United fans want to see the club sign Borussia Dortmund centre forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang more than any other striker during the January transfer window, according to a poll conducted by Forza Football for IBTimes UK. While Wayne Rooney has enjoyed a return to form in the opening weeks of 2016, United's meagre options up front have been a source of frustration this season, having scored just 28 goals in 22 league games – a tally just one better off than 19th placed Sunderland.
Manager Louis van Gaal suggested at the beginning of the month he could sign another striker to help solve those woes in front of goal. Harry Kane has been touted as a long-term target for the club but Dortmund's Aubameyang is the fans' choice. In a poll of over 3,700 United fans conducted in the build-up to Sunday's 1-0 victory over arch-rivals Liverpool, 34% voted for the Gabon international, who has been one of Europe's most prolific strikers this season with 24 goals to his name already in all competitions.
Which striker should Manchester United try to sign in January? [Poll conducted by Forza Football]
Jamie Vardy – 9%
Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – 34%
Odion Ighalo – 7%
Harry Kane – 19%
Other – 31%
Unfortunately for those fans, the 26-year-old has made it clear he sees his future at Dortmund, despite reported interest from United's Premier League rivals Arsenal. He recently told Sport Bild: "I still want to achieve lots with Dortmund. I am here and nowhere else – not at Arsenal, not at Barcelona, not on the moon, you can see that."
If United wish to test Dortmund's resolve with a bid this month, they will have to consider paying a club record fee for the striker, according to the Daily Mail, who claim the Bundesliga giants will command a fee of £60m.
Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy – the league's joint top scorer with 15 goals - garnered just 9% of the vote despite scoring in 11 consecutive matches this season, a Premier League record. Kane, who collected 19% of the vote, was linked with a sensational £40m move to Old Trafford during the summer transfer window and while the 22-year-old has admitted he was flattered to hear of United's interest, he insists his future remains at Tottenham.
Odion Ighalo, who has enjoyed a sensational first season in the English top flight with 13 league goals to his name, attracted just 7% of the vote, despite recently claiming in an interview with the Sun he would be unable to turn down a move to Old Trafford if United came calling.
While United have recalled Adnan Januzaj and Will Keane from their respective loan spells, Rooney and Anthony Martial remain their only established centre forward options. Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez and Radamel Falcao were all allowed to leave the club in the summer while James Wilson left to join Brighton and Hove Albion on loan until the end of the season in November.