Manchester United Transfer News: Red Devils Wise to Chase Luke Shaw

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 26, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14:  Luke Shaw of Southampton during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Southampton at St James' Park on December 14, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Tony Marshall/Getty Images)
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What was looking likely to be another empty transfer window at Old Trafford has suddenly turned into what could be a productive month for Manchester United, with Luke Shaw the latest star to become closely associated with a switch.

The 18-year-old is reported by the Daily Star's Gary Jones as being the subject of a £22.5 million bid from the Red Devils, with Southampton yet to give a response to the offer.

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - JANUARY 18:  Dejan Lovren of Southampton (C) celebrates with Mauricio Pochettino manager of Southampton (L) and Luke Shaw (23) as he scores their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Sunderland and Southampton
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It's an ideal move for David Moyes that would not only go some way to solving the issue of who replaces the longstanding figure of Patrice Evra at the end of the season but recaptures some of the mantra that Sir Alex Ferguson once employed.

An excerpt from Jones' report reads:

It's understood the Old Trafford side have offered a deal worth £22.5m for the defender and are now waiting for a reply from the south coast outfit.

It looks certain the new bid will test the mettle of the new Saints interim chief operating officer Gareth Rogers.'s Wayne Veysey goes on to state that a move this month is on the cards:

The club have just announced Juan Mata as a record-breaking £37.1 million acquisition, per BBC Sport, filling one void in the team but more moves could yet round off a window bearing great fruit.

Shaw has quite rapidly climbed the ladder as one of the Premier League's most respected full-backs and despite his age the teenager already has a wealth of top flight experience at his disposal.

As such, the England Under-21 international would by no means be a risk that others of his years might propose, starting in 41 of his 44 Premier League appearances thus far in his career, per Transfermarkt.

That number includes missing just three of Southampton's league games this term, with Squawka reporting the youngster as having an average duel success rate of 56 percent.

The figure is impressive considering the Saints have established themselves as a defensively proficient machine under Mauricio Pochettino, with Dejan Lovren faring just four percent better in this regard.

Shaw is better than average in all facets of this statistic, winning 36 of 68 attempted headers, 24 of his 46 attempted tackles and succeeding with 19 of his 35 attempted dribbles against the opposition, showing just how often he likes to get forward.

That attacking instinct in particular would undoubtedly go down a treat at the Theatre of Dreams, United being a club that will demand their full-backs contribute going forward as much as any other elite European outfit.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 07:  Luke Shaw of Southampton and Sergio Aguero of Manchester City in action during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Manchester City at St Mary's Stadium on December 7, 2013 in Southampton, England.
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With Alexander Buttner not exactly hitting the heights of expectation since arriving at United and the Express' Charles Perrin reporting that Fabio da Silva is set for a loan to Freiburg, a more established and assured option is required at the left side of the defence.

Bleacher Report's Jerrad Peters says the youngster is a more promising target than the likes of Leighton Baines or Fabio Coentrao:

Evra's contract coming to its end this summer is something that will worry many at United, considering he's been such a staple of the team since arriving in 2006.

It goes without saying that, in Shaw, Moyes would have acres of potential in a talent that could yet go on to feature at the top level for another 15 years.

However, what's more important is that the starlet provides an answer to an issue right now and in this case, the Southampton riser is the solution.