Manchester United boss David Moyes is already eyeing up targets for the January transfer window as he looks to recover from a poor beginning to his reign at Old Trafford, with Montpellier’s £30million rated Remy Cabella and Porto’s Fernando two reported targets.
Former Everton boss Moyes has endured a difficult start to his United tenure since replacing Sir Alex Ferguson in May, with a calamitous summer transfer window seeing United sign just one player, Marouane Fellaini from the Scot’s old club.
And with United making their worst start to a league campaign since 1989 after three defeats in their opening seven fixtures, Moyes knows he needs to improve areas of his squad if the Red Devils are to retain the Premier League title.
United have scored just ten goals in their seven league games this season – this time last year they had struck 17 times – and have failed to score on three occasions already. Moyes’ side have actually only scored from open play in two of their seven fixtures so far, and the need for creativity has apparently led the 50 year-old to Montpellier’s Cabella.
The 23 year-old Frenchman is regarded as one of the hottest properties in Ligue 1, and the attacking midfielder has made a great start to the year in France, scoring five times in eight games, including the opener in a 1-1 draw with Paris Saint Germain, despite Montpellier sitting in mid-table.
A pacy, skilful player than can operate on either flank or behind the striker, it seems certain that Cabella will move on shortly and although Montpellier president Louis Nicollin has slapped a £100m price tag on his head, it is thought a bid of around £30m would be enough to prise Cabella away.
Moyes also reportedly has his eye on Porto’s defensive midfielder Fernando, known as ‘The Octopus’. The Brazilian is in the last year of his contract and could be sold in January if Porto fails to make the Champions League group stages.