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Coleman move ‘happening in the background’

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United are working hard to bring Seamus Coleman to Old Trafford according to Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror.

Speaking to talkSPORT, Lewis said the story was ‘genuine’ and that a deal was ‘happening in the background’ with United preparing to make a £25m move for the Everton right-back.

The Irish international has been in fine form in recent seasons since arriving under David Moyes for just £50k back in 2009.

With doubts over the future of Rafael, Coleman would be the perfect replacement for Louis van Gaal, especially in a 3-5-2 system where Coleman would thrive given his quality going forward.

Rafael is a popular figure at Old Trafford but has struggled for top form since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson and his struggle to stay fit appears to be frustrating van Gaal and Antonio Valencia has been preferred with the Brazilian on the bench for the last two games.

Coleman was heavily linked with United when Moyes was at the club last season but Southampton’s Nathaniel Clyne has also been linked with the expectation van Gaal will reshuffle his defence in the summer, with Rafael potentially on the way out.

Any move is unlikely to happen in January but with Everton struggling in the league, Coleman could look for a way out in the summer if things don’t improve.

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