United facing fierce fight to get hands on £20m Saints defender Shaw
David Moyes is considering a £20m January move for Luke Shaw, despite fears that Southampton will resist all offers for the 18-year-old full-back next month.
The Manchester United manager is determined to add two new players to his squad during the transfer window, with a left-back and central midfielder identified as priorities.
But while Moyes remains an admirer of Everton defender Leighton Baines, the Scot is ready to abandon his interest in the England full-back after two unsuccessful bids last summer.
Shaw, who signed a five-year contract at St Mary's in July, is also a target of Chelsea.
Having endured a dismal summer transfer window which saw only Marouane Fellaini arrive at Old Trafford, despite attempts to sign Baines, Cesc Fabregas, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, United are wary of becoming embroiled in another protracted saga with Southampton for Shaw.
United have been made aware of Southampton's determination to hold onto Shaw, with executive chairman Nicola Cortese preparing to reject all interest, but with Chelsea joining the hunt, United accept they may be forced to move for the England U-21 defender in January.
Although Moyes has yet to publicly end his interest in Baines, the Scot has been given no indication that the player or Everton will unlock the door to a move next month.
United have also monitored the form of Real Madrid's Brazilian defender Marcelo. A renewed move for Real's Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao is unlikely.
United are continuing to watch Porto's Eliaquim Mangala and Lucho Gonzalez, but interest in Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera has waned. Inter Milan's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin is another player on Moyes' radar.
Moyes will listen to offers for Brazilian midfielder Anderson and full-back Alexander Buttner. (© Daily Telegraph, London)