Manchester United Transfer News: Reviewing Latest Buzz Surrounding Red Devils

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistDecember 25, 2013

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 21:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and West Ham United at Old Trafford on December 21, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)
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With only a week left until the January transfer window is opened for business, Manchester United are being tipped for a hectic winter period.

The Premier League champions are likely to dip into their budget over the next five weeks in an attempt to get their title defence back on track, with speculation swirling over exactly who is drawing the club's attention in particular.

Leading into what promises to be a frantic month in Manchester, read on for a breakdown of some of the latest news surrounding Old Trafford.


David Moyes' Praise for Wayne Rooney Dissuades Exit Rumours

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04:  Wayne Rooney of Manchester United looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford on December 4, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images
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The relationship between Wayne Rooney and David Moyes has taken a few bumps since the pair first partnered up alongside one another at Everton more than a decade ago, reuniting this summer following the latter's appointment at Old Trafford.

However, Rooney is going through some of the best individual form of his career and has earned huge praise from his manager, who describes the striker as a "real team player."

The Press Association's Simon Stone (h/t Daily Mail) recently quoted Moyes as saying of his talisman: 

What Wayne is doing is making the others play well because he is playing well. He has turned himself into a real team player. With the assists for the team and the goals, his all-round contribution has been fantastic.

This falls on the back of rumours earlier in December, courtesy of the Mirror's Martin Lipton, that hinted Rooney's alleged move to Chelsea could once again be on.

However, Moyes seems more determined than ever to keep his star forward at the Theatre of Dreams, Rooney being one of United's most important factors in getting back to the heights experienced under Sir Alex Ferguson.


Everton Ribeiro Favours Red Devils over Real

Even with the Red Devils going through a rough patch this season, Cruzeiro's Everton Ribeiro has stated that he would prefer a move to Old Trafford over the Santiago Bernabeu.

101GreatGoals have been tracking the maestro's skillful progress:

The Brazilian recently commented on rumours after being linked with both United and Real Madrid, per the Daily Star's Nick Lustig, but was adamant that the English giants suited him most:

Yes, I would prefer that [to join Manchester United]. 

The structure they have in place is one of the best in the world. I have been there already and went to a lecture by [Sir] Alex Ferguson when I was younger.

I feel I am ready to play in any part of the world. If you play for Cruzeiro, you can play in any place. I would fit in any part of the midfield. I would do well as a playmaker to support the attack.

Clearly not one in two minds regarding his own particular talents, it seems only the matter of securing a work permit will prevent Ribeiro from securing a move to the English giants.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 28: Elias of Flamengo struggles for the ball with Everton Ribeiro of Cruzeiro during a match between Flamengo and Cruzeiro as part of Brazilian Cup 2013 at Maracana Stadium on August 28, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Pho
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However, that in itself could be a huge task given the 24-year-old's third-party ownership, which isn't permitted in the English top flight.


Ross Barkley Transfer out of United's Reach

SWANSEA, WALES - DECEMBER 22:  Ross Barkley of Evertonin action during the Barclays Premier League match between Swansea City and Everton at the Liberty Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Swansea, Wales.  (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
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Having picked up Marouane Fellaini from former club Everton over the summer, it seems Moyes can forget about adding Ross Barkley to the list of Toffees alumni this winter.

Sky Football's Matthew Stanger believes it was the young Englishman who should have been Moyes' priority all along:

In Roberto Martinez, it appears Bill Kenwright has found another stern figure who's unwilling to let the Toffees' top talents leave Goodison Park, the Spaniard was reported by the Mirror's David Maddock as saying that not even a world-record amount would tempt the club into selling Barkley:

Even if we got a Gareth Bale-size valuation we would never even consider it in January. Ross is an icon for us. He represents everything we are trying to do this season, so even if a stupid offer arrived in January it would never, never affect us.

It is important for us as a football club to show we are making the right football decisions. There is no question mark over Ross’ future, he is in the best moment of his time and is everything we want a player to represent at Everton. 

There is not even a question mark against whether he is going to be here in February or not.

Martinez was known for being a tough customer at Wigan Athletic, and it would seem the tactician has adopted a similar transfer policy on his newest post.