Moyes already looking Shaw of his first United signing

Moyes already looking Shaw of his first United signing

According to numerous reports including the Daily Mail, Southampton’s teenage full-back Luke Shaw could be David Moyes’ first foray into the transfer market as Manchester United manager.

The Southampton youth product is rated highly by his current side and has been linked to summer moves to both Manchester United and Chelsea after a solid first season at Premier League level.

Shaw has represented England at youth level and made his debut for Southampton in January 2012. This season has seen the full-back make 25 league appearances as he asserted himself as a regular under the stewardship of both Nigel Adkins and, more recently, Mauricio Pocchetino.

Moyes is said to have been interested in the highly rated 17-year-old in the past and was rumoured to be contemplating a bid last summer when Leighton Baines appeared destined to move to Old Trafford.

A transfer didn’t come to fruition with United opting for Alexander Buttner last summer and Everton signing Costa Rican defender Bryan Oveido as cover for the impressive Leighton Baines.

The left-back slot has been a bit of a quandary for United in recent seasons with Patrice Evra seemingly well on the downward spiral prior to his best season since 2007/08, while Alex Buttner has struggled to put a sustained challenge in for the jersey and still looks porous defensively.

Fabio Da Silva is set to return from an indifferent season-long loan at QPR but a purple patch over the January period was encouraging. It means there is plenty of deciding to do in the close season with many regarding both Fabio and Buttner to not have the quality to cut it at United.

Rumours have circulated that David Moyes could raid his old club Everton for Leighton Baines while Lille full-back Lucas Digne has been tentatively linked to the club but at just 18 and with one campaign under his belt, boyhood Chelsea fan Luke Shaw could be a realistic target, with his offensive and defensive capabilities continually improving.

Already touted as a future full England international, the full-back is already hot property and as such will certainly not be available on the cheap, especially after he committed his future to the club in January.

But given the fact that he is still so young and is English to boot, on paper his signing would make sense given how United have bought in the past.

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Tom is a lifelong red who regularly goes to Manchester United games and is a fan of everything at the club, right down to the Under 18s and below.