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Who’s Moyes whispering to? Seven Manchester United targets

| 10.04.2014

Out of the Champions League and unlikely to return next season, you would be forgiven for thinking that David Moyes may be a little downbeat – but the Scot is focusing on the future and the bumper crop of players set to arrive at Manchester United.

Speaking in the wake of their 3-1 defeat to Bayern Munich, which ended their European Cup hopes, the Red Devils’ boss revealed that Champions League football would have no bearing on future arrivals.

“Any players we’ve quietly discussed it with are more than happy to join Manchester United. They know it’s not a long-term thing,” he said.

So who is arriving at Old Trafford? We look at seven signings that, for our money, look good picks.

Tottenham Hotspur's Belgian defender Jan Vertonghen (R) and Tottenham Hotspur's French goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (L) react to going one goal behind in the UEFA Europa League round of 32, 2nd leg, football match between Tottenham Hotspur and FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk at White Hart Lane in north London on February 27, 2014. AFP PHOTO / IAN KINGTON        (Photo credit should read IAN KINGTON/AFP/Getty Images)

Jan Vertonghen – Manchester United have a history of poaching Tottenham’s best players and if the Belgian impresses at the World Cup, the club could step up their efforts to recruit the defender who is believed to be disillusioned with life at White Hart Lane.


Mats Hummels – With Bayern Munich tightening their grip on Germany’s domestic game and Barcelona’s transfer ban ruling out a move to the Catalans, Manchester United could be the perfect destination for Hummels who is keen on a Premier League move.

Real Madrid's Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao controlls a ball during the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal first leg football match Real Madrid FC vs Borussia Dortmund at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid on April 2, 2014.   AFP PHOTO/ JAVIER SORIANO        (Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)

Fabio Coentrao – The Portuguese nearly completed a loan move to Old Trafford in January and looks likely to transfer their in the summer, with the club coming highly recommended by former Red Devil and current Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo.

WIGAN, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 24: Yann M'Vila of Rubin Kazan in action during the UEFA Europa League Group D match between Wigan Athletic and Rubin Kazan on October 24, 2013 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Yann M’Vila – The bad boy of French football is just the man to add some much needed bite to the Manchester United midfield and having already agitated for a move to the Premier League in January, looks set to leave Rubin Kazan, with the Old Trafford club an ideal destination.

Real Sociedad's French forward Antoine Griezmann (L) vies with Barcelona's Brazilian defender Adriano Correia (R) during the Spanish league football match Real Sociedad vs FC Barcelona at the Anoeta stadium in San Sebastian on February 22, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANDER GILLENEA        (Photo credit should read ANDER GILLENEA/AFP/Getty Images)

Antoine Griezmann – Current club Real Sociedad may be in the hunt for Champions League football, but as Xabi Alonso’s previous move to Liverpool shows, the pull of the Premier League is hard to resist. Playing for Manchester United would also boost his national team chances too.

Atletico Madrid's Turkish midfielder Arda Turan smiles during the Spanish league football match Real Betis Balompie vs Atletico de Madrid at Benito Villamarin stadium in Sevilla on March 23, 2014. Atletico won 2-0.     AFP PHOTO/ JORGE GUERRERO        (Photo credit should read Jorge Guerrero/AFP/Getty Images)

Arda Turan – The unheralded star of Atletico Madrid, Turan could be tempted into a move to United should Diego Simeone depart in the summer, in a move that would surely start a fire sale at the club. As a former Galatasaray player, moving to one of their old European foes may tempt.

Paris' Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani reacts after opening the scoring during the French L1 football match Paris Saint-Germain vs Reims at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris on April 5, 2014.    AFP PHOTO / THOMAS SAMSON        (Photo credit should read THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Edinson Cavani – The Uruguayan has grown frustrated at playing second-fiddle to Zlatan at PSG and having realised that money may not be everything, a move to a prestigious club like Manchester United may suit a striker who has seen his stock go down ever so slightly this term.

Manchester United may be out of Europe and rank outsiders to finish in the top four but they remain a great bet to finish the season in the top six, with Ladbrokes offering odds of 4/5 on the Reds doing just that.

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Jack Beresford

Jack Beresford is a content writer with over five years of experience in writing about sport and betting, including a two-year spell with Axonn Media. Contributes articles to HereIsTheCity and Lad Bible, while previous credits include Bwin, FTB Pro, Bleacher Report and the QBE rugby. Avid follower of tennis, rugby union, motorsport and football, Jack also writes about poker for Cardspiel.com alongside Guardian journalist Dominic Wells.