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Jose Mourinho personally scouts Axel Witsel as Manchester United plot January transfer

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Witsel played against Iceland last Thursday (Picture: Getty)

Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel was the subject of Jose Mourinhos scouting mission in Belgium last week.

Mourinho was spotted in the stands during Belgiums 2-0 victory over Iceland with some reports speculating the Manchester United boss was there to scout long-term transfer target Toby Alderweireld.

United failed in a bid to sign the Tottenham defender in the summer, but are being tipped to resurrect their interest in Alderweireld in January.

Mourinho was in the stands for the game (Picture: Getty)

But Belgium outlet HLN claim Mourinho was actually in attendance to get a close-up look at Borussia Dortmund star Witsel.

United were linked with Witsel last summer before the 29-year-old joined Dortmund in a £18million deal.

Witsel was thought to be the clubs preferred choice while Mourinho was more keen on the prospect of signing NGolo Kante from Chelsea.

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But Mourinho has now changed his tune and is plotting a January move for Witsel.

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United are ready to offer Dortmund a profit on the investment they made in Witsel in the summer, but it will be difficult to prize the defensive midfielder away from Germany.

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Dortmund only signed Witsel last summer (Picture: Getty)

Witsel is yet to miss a game for Dortmund this season, starting ten of his eleven Bundesliga appearances.

Dortmund are four points clear at the top of the Bundesliga table and Witsel has been a major part of their resurgence this season.

The Germans want to maintain their title push and are aiming to keep hold of all their players in the January window.

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