Premier League – Paper Round: Moyes' transfer targets emerge
With David Moyes now confirmed as Manchester United manager, speculation turns to who he will look to bring into Old Trafford
Not surprisingly the papers are quick to the party with the back page of the Daily Star stating that Moyes has already made the signing of Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski his “number one priority.”
The paper says a move for the Pole could be tied to a potential exit for Wayne Rooney as they state: “Moyes is determined to capture the Borussia Dortmund striker – and is prepared to let Wayne Rooney leave in order to get his man.
“Lewandowski is almost certain to leave Dortmund this summer, having just one year left on his contract with the Champions League finalists. And with the club desperate not to sell him to rivals Bayern Munich, Moyes wants United to be in pole position to land the 24-year-old with a bid of around £25m.
“Moyes wants Lewandowksi to play at the point of the attack with Robin Van Persie dropping off him in a 4-2-3-1 formation.”
All sounds quite optimistic but the Daily Mail reckons the striker is still going to go to Bayern Munich after Dortmund relaxed their stance on refusing to sell to their fierce rivals.
“Dortmund have informed Bayern Lewandowski will be their player next season, provided they commit to paying a 25million euros asking price by next Wednesday. The deadline has been set to enable Dortmund to begin searching for a replacement, and sources close to Bayern believe chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is ready to meet it.”
Moyes is also being linked with a £40m double raid on his former club Everton for Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines.
As Moyes is leaving at the end of his contract he has no deal in place with Everton that restricts his from signing any of Goodison Park’s big stars.
“Midfielder Fellaini – who can also operate as a striker – has a £23m buy-out clause in his contract, and the Toffees are already prepared for his departure this summer,” explains the Mirror.
“Outgoing United boss Ferguson considered a move for Baines last summer.
Now, the arrival of his fellow Glaswegian at the new champions will see a £17m bid lodged for the England full-back.”
One of Moyes first jobs will also be to deal with the Wayne Rooney situation, after reports emerged that his former Everton striker was unhappy at the club.
A number of papers are suggesting that Rooney is willing to meet with Moyes and potentially stay as his is problems are believed to be with Ferguson.
However, as the Times points out, “the England striker may face a struggle to win over his former manager at Everton, not to mention the many United supporters who have been angered by the news that Rooney has asked to leave Old Trafford for the second time in less than three years.”
They bring up an incident from 2006 when Moyes actually successful sued Rooney for comments in his autobiography.
“When Rooney claimed in his 2006 autobiography that Moyes leaked details of a private conversation to the media about his personal reasons for wishing to leave Everton, Moyes took legal action against Rooney, Hunter Davies, his ghostwriter, and HarperCollins Publishers Ltd and was awarded ‘substantial’ damages,” the paper reports.
Meanwhile the Guardian notes that: “Rooney has removed the term ‘Manchester United player’ from his Twitter page and replaced it with ‘NikeUK athlete’ following his demand to Sir Alex Ferguson a fortnight ago to leave the club this summer.
If Rooney does leave, then Chelsea is one potential destination with the Daily Mail suggesting Jose Mourinho would be interested in the striker if he returned back to Stamford Bridge and would look to develop the player as a “New Didier Drogba” – a strong presence that leads the forward line.
Of course Everton are a now looking for a manager too but may need to splash out up to £5 million if they want to grab somebody already in employment.
“Malky Mackay, in charge at newly promoted Cardiff City; Swansea’s Michael Laudrup; and Roberto Martinez at Wigan are strong contenders but would come at a significant cost,” notes the Independent.
The paper notes that ex-Everton player Mark Hughes, who has said he would be interested in the position, would come without such complications, while the Sun also mentions Phil Neville and Celtic’s Neil Lennon as contenders.
Finally to a few rumours away from the United-Everton axis and West Ham are set to open talks with Liverpool over a permanent move for loan striker Andy Carroll – and hope to clinch a deal in the next few weeks. But Sam Allardyce’s men could face a battle to bag the 24-year-old centre-forward from the Anfield giants, as he also interests Tottenham and his first club, Newcastle. (Daily Mirror)
Arsenal are set to test Borussia Dortmund’s resolve to hold onto another of their other stars, Lukasz Piszczek. The Gunners have identified the Pole as a replacement for Bacary Sagna if they are unable to resolve the Frenchman’s contract dispute. Feyenoord right-back Daryl Janmaat has also been identified as a potential signing. (Daily Mail)
Fulham fear Galatasaray’s riches will lure star striker Dimitar Berbatov away this summer. The Turkish club are preparing a £5million bid. (Daily Mail)
Roma’s £20m-rated attacking midfielder Miralem Pjanic is on the radar of a host of top Premier League clubs. Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal are all keen on the Bosnian. (The Sun)
Finally, Tottenham are showing interest in Sevilla centre-back Alberto Botia. The 24-year-old former Barcelona trainee is on the wish-list at Swansea and Wigan also but Tottenham are considering a deal with concerns over Steven Caulker’s future and William Gallas set to leave. (Daily Mail)