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Moyes confident of making new signing

Modric goal for Madrid March 2013Speaking to the media today, David Moyes says he’s confident of adding new players to the squad before the transfer window closes.

When asked about the potential Cesc Fabregas deal, Moyes revealed there was some uncertainty as to whether or not a third bid would be placed to tempt Barcelona into selling.

Add to that new Barcelona coach Gerard Martino admitting his club will ‘reject a third bid’ it’s likely Moyes will be exploring his options, but who fits the bill?

Here are some alternatives that I think would be great additions to the club.

Luka Modric

Luka Modric, 27, is a Croatia international who plays for Real Madrid. He plays central midfield, but has the ability to play on either flanks. He is only 5ft 9, but has a low centre of gravity, that helps him to get away from players, when being marked. He has been in and out of the Real Madrid squad this season. Mesut Ozil has been playing behind the striker, keeping Modric on the bench for quite a lot of last season’s games. Manchester United have been monitoring the player for years, and especially last summer, many twitter accounts were claiming ‘The deal has been agreed’, the papers were the same, but nothing happened. He signed for Real Madrid for £33m, and it turned out Man United hadn’t even made a bid. The former Tottenham player would be a world class signing for Manchester United. He has vision to pick out players and can also convert chances when asked upon. He scored for Real Madrid in the champion’s league last season. A strike from outside the box, which kick-started the teams victory, and ended our champions league campaign. If I was Moyes, I would probably offer 25m for the player, and see what happens, but I think 30m is about right. Out of all of the midfielders possible, I’d probably go for an attacking midfielder, and a defensive. Luka looks like he’d be the best possible attacking one around. He gets my pick.

Ilkay GundoganIlkay Gundogan

This guy looks like a star in the making. The Borussia Dortmund central midfielder has the ability to play defensive or attacking midfield. He was one of Dortmund’s’ stars that got them into the champions league final, and was an integral part of their midfield force. He mainly played as a holding midfielder with Sven Bender and done very well there. His passing skills are brilliant. The way he plays reminds me of Michael Carrick. He controls the midfield, protects the back line and is also an influential play maker. Ilkay is only 22 and shows a lot of promise. Many are saying he is the ‘New Schweinsteiger’, and if that is the case, why aren’t United going for him? His price tag is just going to increase as he becomes a better player, so I think if United are interested, they should make a bid sooner rather than later. Last season, he played a total of 45 games for Dortmund, bagging 5 goals. For a midfielder that’s not bad. Overall, I think this guy is going to be a star, and we should approach Dortmund for the player. Maybe, Kagawa could use his charm to push the deal through, as they used to be team mates. A fee of about 18m would be a fair offer, but I think that price could double in a few years’ time. If we got Gundogan, he would always give 100% and be loyal to the club. He would fit in very well to our 4-2-3-1 formation, playing as a holding midfielder, with Carrick. These two would be brilliant I think. Their passing will tear apart teams, and there is a mix of experience and youth, which is good for the squad. Come on Kagawa, tempt him!

Yohan CabayeYohan Cabaye

Yohan Cabaye is a French international who plays for Newcastle United. He is a box to box central midfielder, who has made 60 appearances for the club, and has also got 23 caps for France. He is, in my opinion, the best central midfielder for Newcastle. He has great passing ability, with the skill to score goals as well as setting them up. The player could play alongside Carrick at Man United, and I’m sure he’d do well there. I would only sign Cabaye unless Gundogan or Modric fails, these two are better, but Cabaye still is a great player. Newcastle rely on him a lot, as seen when he was injured, they really struggled. He is the heart of their midfield and without him; they would not to do very well. As he is probably Newcastle best player, they will not want to let him go. Although, if a good offer comes in, I think they will not turn it down. I’m sure Cabaye would rather play for a bigger club, so personal terms would not be too much of a problem. Another good thing about Cabaye is that he can take free kicks and corners, which means Van Persie, can be in the box, giving us more of a goal threat. A couple of seasons ago, Cabaye scored a free kick against United, for Newcastle. He is a very good player, so let’s just see what happens!

FellainiMarouane Fellaini

Fellaini is a 6ft 4 centre mid for Everton. He is a Belgium international, and can play holding or attacking mid. He played under David Moyes at Everton, and showed real class, especially last season. The giant is known for his huge afro, which makes him look even taller! The player has been linked with United since Moyes got the job as manager, and I think Fellaini would be a world class signing. He could play holding mid for us or he could go attacking. Last season, Fellaini played in the no.10 role, just behind the striker, Victor Anichebe. I think that we should try and get him. In his contract, there is a 20m buyout clause, which is a fair price, in my opinion. He would give us more of an aerial threat from corners, as well as helping out the defence. The player scored 12 goals for Everton last year, and playing with a better team around him at United, he could get double that. If he was to join, I’d probably play him holding with Carrick. I know he is a very good attacking player, but I think he would do a better job with tough tackling in midfield, which would be very useful for the team. There is no real other physical midfielder, and that’s where I think Fellaini comes in. Another bonus is that Fellaini is only 25, so he is still improving, and will be a great player for about another 6-7 years. Moyes has signed him before; let’s hope he does it again!

To conclude, I think we should go for at least one of these players, preferably 2! If I was Moyes, I would first of all get Fellaini, he can play anywhere in midfield, and do a good job. Then we need someone who’s a bit more technical, so I would try Modric, if that doesn’t work, go for Gundogan. Lastly Cabaye, I would see how the others go, if they don’t work out, we know Cabaye is a good player, and we can trust him to do a good job at United. Lets just hope Moyes has the right thing in mind!