David Moyes has finally given up on Barceolna midfielder Cesc Fabregas, but he has been alerted to the possibility of signing German international Mezut Ozil from Real Madrid when the Gareth Bale deal goes through.
Whilst there is an element of truth in that suggestion, it does not tell the full story of the interview. For example, Moyes qualified his comment by stating that Manchester United need some new players in certain positions. We all know that United are short in the midfield department and that they spent weeks courting Cesc Fabregas currently at Barcelona. It was only when the player actually commented that he wanted to stay at Barcelona that Moyes decided that he had to look elsewhere.
His move for Leighton Baines and Marouane Fellaini from his old club Everton was clumsy and has caused some angst amongst the Everton hierarchy, so it looks like he is learning his lessons very quickly and any further attempts will be made in secret and not in the glare of the media.
It has emerged over the last couple of days that the main casualty from the Gareth Bale deal will be midfielder Mezut Ozil. Ozil was nursed along by Jose Mourinho when he was manager at Real Madrid, however, now that Carlo Ancelotti has arrived, the new regime it seems does not have an automatic place for the German midfielder. With that in mind, Ozil is well aware that this is the last season before the World Cup in Brazil, and he must be playing every week to retain his place in the German national setup.
It is for these reasons that Real Madrid has discretely offered Ozil to Manchester United, with a fee of around £30m being mentioned. Of course, this will help Real`s finances, especially as certain onlookers have suggested that they do not have the funds for the Gareth Bale deal.
Moyes will need to act quickly and in secret if he is to get his man before the vultures hover; I expect to see a bid going in as soon as the Gareth Bale deal is announced.