David Moyes’ top 10 most likely Manchester United signings: Cristiano Ronaldo to Shaun Maloney
With David Moyes taking over from the retiring Sir Alex Ferguson at Manchester United this summer, Crooze fm Sport runs the rule over ten of his most likely signings.
Leighton Baines (Everton)
Has long been courted by United, who are searching for Patrice Evra’s successor at left-back, and Moyes’ arrival could mark the ideal oppourtunity for Baines to cross over to Old Trafford.
Moyes, though, will know more than anyone, the 28-year-old won’t be easy to prise away from Goodison Park.
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid)
Already strongly linked with a return to Old Trafford, and Moyes has previously admitted the Portuguese forward would be the one player he’d sign if money were no object.
‘I would be buying him on the back of what we have seen him do for the past few years for Manchester United and Real Madrid, which is scoring and creating a large amount of goals,’ said Moyes after Euro 2012.
Marouane Fellaini (Everton)
The towering Belgian has been one of the standout performers in the Premier League this season under Moyes, and with United lacking proven quality in centre midfield, Fellaini could be the perfect option.
However, Moyes would likely have to fend off interest from Chelsea, who are also keen on the 25-year-old.
Robert Lewandowski (Dortmund)
One of the hottest properties in European football after his scoring exploits in the Champions League, the Polish striker is a frequent name of United’s most-wanted list.
Moyes will now be armed with the cash to lure such a player, and despite Dortmund’s reluctance to sell, the possible departure of Wayne Rooney could prompt the Scot into making a bold statement to kick-off his Old Trafford reign.
Shaun Maloney (Wigan)
One from left field, but the diminutive midfielder has shown impressive flair in a struggling Latics side, and the fact that he’s ‘done it in the Premier League’ will sit well with Moyes and new director Fergie.
Nani, Antonio Valencia, Anderson and Tom Cleverley have all failed to hold down a regular place this season. Maloney wouldn’t cost a fortune, plus he’s Scottish.
Leroy Fer (Twente)
Moyes had already agree an £8m deal for the talented Dutch international in January, but the move collapsed due to a problem with the midfielder’s knee.
However, the 23-year-old’s progress in Holland has not stalled, and Moyes may be tempted to revive his interest in Fer at his new surroundings.
Seamus Coleman (Everton)
Like Maloney, the Irishman would certainly not be viewed as a fashionable signing, but after a stellar season with the Toffees, the right-back could provide genuine competition to Rafael at United, and his versatility would also offer Moyes another option on the wing.
Xabi Alonso (Real Madrid)
The Spaniard’s future at the Bernabeu is far from certain, and with just one year remaining on his current contract, the midfielder could be up for grabs come the summer.
Alonso, 31, has been in sparkling form this season, and would fit seamlessly into United’s engine room alongside Michael Carrick.
Seeing the midfielder in a United shirt would also infuriate Liverpool fans, who still hold the player dear from his time at Anfield, which would provide Moyes with an immediate popularity boost.
Ross Barkley (Everton)
The Toffees youngster is tipped for the top, and having already shown faith in the attacker this season, Moyes could be tempted to bring the 19-year-old with him to Old Trafford.
Barkley has shown class beyond his age, but Moyes may have to pay a similar king’s ransom to which Fergie did to prise Wayne Rooney away from Goodison Park back in 2004.
Frank Lampard (Chelsea)
The veteran midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, but despite his progressing years, Fergie still felt Lampard had a lot to offer, and may convince Moyes the England international is the kind of character he needs to help shape his new dressing room.