Monday, 25 November 2013

Man Utd eye 'long-term' signings as Herrera, Ronaldo, Baines linked with MUFC

David Moyes
Manchester United manager David Moyes has said he will only make new signings in January should he be able to bring in players who can make a lasting impact at Old Trafford.

United spent £27.5million at the start of September to sign Marouane Fellaini, but the Belgian midfielder was Moyes' only major signing during the summer.

Moyes has been linked with a number of players since the summer transfer window closed and is believed to be considering January bids for Everton left-back Leighton Baines and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, having failed with bids for the pair at the start of September.

According to reports in Portugal, Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala is still on the Red Devils' radar, while United continue to be linked with Cristiano Ronaldo, despite him recently insisting he is happy at Real Madrid and has no plans to leave the Spanish capital.

Moyes last week admitted he hopes to work with Ronaldo at some point, and although a January deal would be almost impossible, the former Everton boss has ruled out making any 'quick fix' purchases when the transfer window reopens.

"The thing about this club is that we always think long term," Moyes told reporters.

"I am thinking how we are going to have a side that is going to be competing in the Champions League and right at the top end of the Premier League for four or five years.

"It has to be a continual building process here. We will continue to look to do that. In any one window you couldn’t change it all around anyway. It takes maybe two, three or four windows to do that.

"To talk about January and make it sound as if that would be the place where everything is cured and any problems would be resolved would be wrong."

He added: "It is not me saying we are not going to buy anyone in January. We are going to try to if the opportunity is there, but they have to fit the right criteria. If not, we will have to wait until the summer and see if we can get them then."

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