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Wednesday 3 September 2014

Moyes on German scouting mission to watch Kroos and Ginter

SIMON RICE

Published 04/03/2014 | 15:18

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Toni Kroos is believed to be long-term Man United target.
Toni Kroos is believed to be long-term Man United target.

Despite a rare weekend off, Manchester United manager David Moyes was still hard at work, scouting potential signings in Germany.

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It's reported that the former Everton manager took in Freiburg's stalemate with Hertha Berlin where rumoured target Matthias Ginter was in action. On Saturday he then watched Bayern Munich demolish Schalke 5-1, in which midfielder Toni Kroos played a leading role.

It is understood that Manchester United will be among Europe's busiest clubs this summer, with the owners ready to spend up to £200m in the transfer market to make the reigning Premier League champions title contenders once more.

The departure of Sir Alex Ferguson has been followed by a marked downturn in performances, and more importantly results. The club look unlikely to finish in the top four this term, not a situation that can be allowed to continue in the long-term.

United have been linked with moves for various players in the summer, with defender Ginter and Germany's Kroos, who is currently in strained talks over a new deal at Bayern Munich, chief among them.

Also on the radar is Ilkay Gundogan, the latest in a line of players in recent years to have impressed with Borussia Dortmund. However, reports in Germany today suggest United could face competition from Bayern Munich for the 23-year-old play-maker's services. Gundogan has also been linked with Real Madrid and with his contract expiring in 2015, Dortmund could be keen to cash in on a player valued in the region of £25m.

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