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In a press conference on November 29, David Moyes hinted yet again that his side will look to bring in players over the January transfer window if they are of the right calibre. This proved enough for the Independent to run a story the following day linking Marco Reus with the English champions.
On the same day, the Times broke news (subscription needed) that Manchester United had sent Steve Round, Moyes' assistant manager and Jimmy Lumsden, a chief coach, to watch Reus battle Napoli in last week's Champions League clash. The Mirror also ran with the story.
The Daily Star continued its campaign for the young prodigy's move to England on November 11, yet this time the new story had a third party involved: Manchester United.
The Guardian then ran with a similar story the following day in their weekly Rumour Mill piece, asking their readers to gauge how likely the move would be—with two-thirds suggesting it would never happen—yet instead of mentioning all three EPL sides, they opted to stick with just Manchester United as the key suitor.
The Guardian also suggested that Reus' release clause was, in fact, only £30 million and that David Moyes was willing to send Shinji Kagawa, a former player at Dortmund, the opposite way to sweeten the deal.
The Daily Mail then followed suit the very next day on November 13, its story suggesting that the minimum amount to pry Klopp's favoured forward was, in fact, now £29.4 million and again suggested that Manchester United were resigned to letting Kagawa move back to Germany.
The Mail online also suggested that the Manchester club were tempted to make it two-for-one with an offer for Ilkay Gundogan as well, along with a number of central midfielders from across the continent.
Then on December 5, the Express ran a story with quotes from Dortmund commander in chief Hans-Joachim Watzke stating just where the club stand with potential stars leaving the club.
"It is our absolute desire that besides Robert Lewandowski no other regular player leaves the club." said Watzke.
"It is quite possible that we will receive no transfer income [in the summer]. Even if that is the case, we have accumulated reserves in recent years. We can turn down any offers and rely on our own funds."
For now, Dortmund remain posed with their defences well and truly prepared for any potential bids.