Moyes set for double swoop

Last Updated: Fri, 22 Nov 2013 09:23

David Moyes is reportedly plotting a double swoop to take Benfica's Ezequiel Garay and Valencia star Ever Banega to Manchester United.

The Red Devils' chief is set to resurrect the club's interest in Argentinian central defender, Garay, who was heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford during Sir Alex Ferguson's time in charge of the club.

Indeed reports in the summer suggested that Moyes was ready to follow up on his predecessor's groundwork by moving to take the 27-year-old to the club as a long-term replacement for Rio Ferdinand. However a deal failed to materialise and Garay stayed put in Portugal where he has remained a key part of the side.

Rafael Benitez's Napoli have now been credited with an interest in Garay ahead of the January transfer window opening for business, while it is being reported that Moyes will look to win the race for his signature by triggering his £17million release clause.

Meanwhile Valencia's 25-year-old Argentinian playmaker, Banega, is also thought to be a big target of Moyes and reports claim he will be allowed to leave the Mestalla in the summer.

Banega has a £50million release clause, but the cash-strapped club will probably accept around £20million to let him depart at the end of the season.

Moyes, who has had Banega watched three times in recent weeks, will see him as the perfect alternative to the likes of Barcelona star Cesc Fabregas and Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera who he failed to sign in the summer.

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