Manchester United and first-year boss David Moyes have been looking to bolster the midfield at Old Trafford all summer long, but attempts to acquire top-flight talent like Barcelona's Thiago Alcantara and Cesc Fabregas have come up short.
But the Red Devils' latest target, Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, a talented but under-the-radar player, appears to be a realistic target. United are smart to consider increasing their bid as the deadline nears.
According to The Mirror's David McDonnell, United are preparing a £30 million bid for the Spaniard after their £25 million bid failed to land him:
Old Trafford boss David Moyes turned his attention to Herrera after United failed in their bid to sign Barcelona and Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
Despite being knocked back by Bilbao over Herrera, United are said to be prepared to go back in with a fresh bid and meet the £30 million release clause in his contract.
A 24-year-old with two full seasons of experience in La Liga, Herrera is a fast-improving playmaker who would no doubt add a spark to the United attack in 2013/14.
United's staff are already well aware of what Herrera can do having seen him star for Bilbao in the Europa League two seasons ago, when the Spanish outfit knocked out the Red Devils in the third round.
Herrera started both both legs and recorded an assist in the first match.
Herrera only has six goals with Bilbao, but is a gifted player who is excellent technically. In fact, several comparisons can be made between Herrera and Fabregas, who also thrives in an attacking role.
Herrera will look to improve on his goal count if he makes the move from Spain to England this summer, but United have finishers who can take the pressure to score off the former Zaragoza star.
Herrera isn't the sort of big-name player United supporters have become accustomed to each summer, but the defending champions have little time remaining.
It remains to be seen whether Moyes will land one or more players at the deadline.
If Herrera is the only midfield target that the club acquires before Tuesday, then he could star alongside Michael Carrick, helping to generate attacks and create additional scoring chances for himself and others.
With time running out and options limited, Herrera makes the most sense for Manchester United at this point in time and the Red Devils would be smart to go all-in on a bid to land him before the window closes on Tuesday.
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