Manchester United have sent scouts to watch Bournemouth winger Matt Ritchie in recent weeks, according to the Sun.
Ritchie registered 15 goals and 17 assists last season as Bournemouth won promotion to the Premier League.
The Scot has been a standout performer for the Cherries this term and he bagged a wondergoal in their 2-0 win over Sunderland in September.
Van Gaal is said to be on the lookout for recruits in the January transfer window, with Sadio Mane and Ayoze Perez also being linked with moves to Old Trafford recently.
A deal for Ritchie would come as a huge shock but van Gaal seems to know what he is doing when it comes to transfers.
After all, eyebrows were raised when United spent £36m on Anthony Martial this summer but the Frenchman has taken to life at Old Trafford with supreme confidence and he is starting to look like a steal.