Manchester United Transfer Rumours: Lucas Moura Must Be David Moyes' Top Target

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 10: Lucas Moura #7 of Brazil carries the ball past Miguel Veloso #4 of Portugal in the second half during the international friendly match at Gillette Stadium on September 10, 2013 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Manchester United's list of winter transfer targets has grown over the past few weeks, but reports of their interest in Paris Saint-Germain's Lucas Moura must be formalised by David Moyes.

The Brazilian winger was linked with United prior to his move to the French capital, but the Daily Star's Jeremy Cross says Moyes is now looking to pick up where Sir Alex Ferguson left off.

HULL, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 26:  Manchester United manager David Moyes reacts on the touchline during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester United at KC Stadium on December 26, 2013 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Gett
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Cross details that Moura was in view during the latest leg of Moyes' European scouting tour:

The Manchester United boss travelled to Paris to watch Moura in action against Bordeaux earlier this week.

Moyes has been scouring Europe looking at potential targets and believes playmaker Moura would be a huge success at Old Trafford.

Commentator Paul Sarahs adds that the starlet was highly impressive against Bordeaux, "bamboozling" his opposite man Lucas Orban:

The former Sao Paulo starlet is capable of playing out wide or in a central playmaking role, as he has shown on numerous occasions at both club and international level.

The wide areas will undoubtedly be one of the areas in which Moyes is looking to improve his squad this winter, given that 18-year-old Adnan Januzaj has emerged as the most reliable of all his wingers.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JUNE 30:  Lucas Moura of Brazil celebrates with the trophy after the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013 Final match between Brazil and Spain at Maracana on June 30, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty I
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The Belgian-born trickster fully deserves his plaudits, but it doesn't speak well of Ashley Young, Nani, Wilfried Zaha and—to a lesser extent—Antonio Valencia to be outdone by a teenager in his first season as a senior player.

Cross' report mentions that the reigning Premier League champions are willing to match Moura's current wages of £120,000 a week. However, the transfer fee could still pose an issue, considering it was only 18 months ago that United's Ligue 1 counterparts paid an eye-watering £37 million for the 21-year-old's services—the move eventually completed in January 2013.

Despite that massive figure, however, Moura hasn't shone as many at the Parc des Princes may have anticipated, in large part due to the other big-money names in Laurent Blanc's roster.

The likes of Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi have each accounted for playing time out wide this season, while Jeremy Menez and Javier Pastore have also helped in limiting Moura to just nine league starts, per

However, ESPN's Jonathan Johnson puts Moura above Lavezzi when making up PSG's strongest possible attacking trio:

Altogether, Moura has started just 28 games across all competitions since moving to the French giants, including seven Champions League starts, where he is yet to score his first goal.

Despite this drop in prominence, the Brazilian international maintains a respectable profile and could be open to a move if it means getting more minutes and a better chance at making Luiz Felipe Scolari's World Cup starting XI.

Moyes would undoubtedly be able to offer that at the very least. 

The youngster would be cup-tied in Europe, so it's debatable as to why the Red Devils would fork out a massive figure for his services in January. However, Moura would be a long-term addition who could significantly improve Moyes' squad for a number of years.

In the effort of returning United to the pinnacle of English football, Moura's acquisition would reinvigorate a section of the pitch that's in dire need of new blood.