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Manchester United are lining up a triple midfielder swoop

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are not looking to sign one midfielder at the end of this transfer window – we are looking to sign three according to The Guardian and The Telegraph.

Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini and Daniele De Rossi are all touted as midfielders that David Moyes is intent on signing before the window closes on Monday.

Moyes has already had a €30 million bid for Herrera turned down and is expected to return with an improved €36 million offer to match his release clause. Seen as an alternative to Cesc Fabregas, Moyes is a known admirer of Herrera but will have to match his release clause if he wants to sign him.

Athletic Bilbao are not in a position where they can be forced to sell, not only because they are cash rich but because they do not have a ready made replacement as all Bilbao players are from the region.

Fellaini has always been one of Moyes’ top targets and despite having two official bids rejected for him, it is expected that he will go back with an offer for just the Belgian.

Moyes could of signed Fellaini without any public chase by paying his release clause of £23 million that expired only a few weeks ago but he has decided to wait until the end of the transfer window to fully make his move. This whole public escapade could of been avoided and his tentative approach means that United will likely have to pay a premium to bring Fellaini to Old Trafford.

De Rossi is a name that has only emerged today after United reportedly had a €12 million bid for the Italian enforcer turned down. The 30-year-old has spent his entire career at Roma but the club indicated at the end of last season that he may look elsewhere for more game time.

According to reports, United officials even went as far as to ask Fabio Capello for advice on Rossi which is a real indication that we are genuinely interested in signing him.

A no nonsense, tough tackling midfielder, De Rossi has long been touted as a perfect signing for United. It looks like a deal may happen but it will still be tough to pry him away from his childhood club.

The Telegraph’s Mark Ogden is an extremely reliable journalist when it comes to United news, so it is unlikely that he would make up stories to fill papers like so many tabloids do.

At this stage of the transfer window, it is hard for United to not look desperate for a midfield signing. Having missed out on Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, Moyes knows that he has to strengthen the midfield if we are to challenge on all fronts this year but with time running out, he may be forced to buy as a necessity rather than a top choice.

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