Sunday 21 January 2018

David Moyes ready to sell misfiring players in January as he pledges 'stellar signing'

Ashley Young
Ashley Young

Jason Burt

Manchester United manager David Moyes has warned that he will attempt to move on several of his misfiring players in the January transfer window as he begins his overhaul of the squad.

Moyes also declared that there was "no question" that United have the money for a "major, major signing" having failed in a world-record £100 million bid for Gareth Bale in the summer.

Moyes's patience has snapped with some players after pledging to give them all a chance when he succeeded Sir Alex Ferguson.

"I think that we're getting to a situation now where there are a few who if we got the right offer for them [we would let them go]," Moyes said. "I don't know if we'd loan anyone because we've got a few injuries just now. Would we sell? If the right offers were there we'd probably look at it."

Moyes did not reveal who is earmarked to go but the club would want to listen to offers for Anderson, Bebe, Fabio Da Silva, Anders Lindegaard and possibly Nani and Ashley Young - with Patrice Evra and Rio Ferdinand unlikely to be awarded new deals.

United, who are without the injured Robin van Persie for a month, may also receive offers for Javier Hernández, who is wanted by a host of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur.

Asked whether United were in the market for a 'stellar signing', Moyes said: "Definitely, 100 per cent. We were very close to a major, major signing in the summer. It's easy now saying it and we didn't do it but we were really close to a major signing and the club would have definitely showed what they're worth. They have got the money and the club will spend, there's no question about that."

Indeed, Moyes went further adding, perhaps in reference to the doomed attempts to sign Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas and also Everton's Leighton Baines, a player he may return for next month: "We were close to a couple of really major signings. Ed [Woodward] worked really hard trying to make those signings happen but, in the end, we just didn't quite get there. It wasn't for money; that was for sure. The players had chosen other clubs or made their decisions elsewhere."

There is a sense at United that Moyes and Woodward do need to land a major signing to mark the new regime at the club with Marouane Fellaini, despite costing £27 million, not in that bracket.

Moyes admitted that he now regretted not making more changes in the summer. "There's a bit of truth in that and maybe we would have looked to have moved a few players out but you can only do that if you get clubs that come in and are interested. If they're not then you can't move them out."

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport