Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2014

Manchester United Transfer News and Rumours Tracker: Week of January 27

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    In the wake of Juan Mata's arrival at Old Trafford, Manchester United's transfer prospects appear to have performed a 180-degree turn, with the impossible now within the club's grasp.

    One such player whose position has undergone some change in status is Toni Kroos, with some recent comments from Pep Guardiola suggesting all may not be well at Bayern Munich.

    THe Red Devils will have to keep their attention fixed on their own, however, with Adnan Januzaj alleged to be drawing the attention of substantial European powers.

    On top of that, the Premier League giants continue on with their scouting tour of the continent's best and brightest, with players both foreign and domestic supposedly being lined up.

    Don't miss a whisper of this week's Manchester United gossip, and read on for a breakdown of all the latest news and rumours around the club. 

    Latest update: Friday January 31.

Will Keane Moves on Loan to QPR

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    Friday, Jan. 31

    Will Keane is the latest United youngster to move out on loan this transfer deadline day, with QPR's official Twitter account confirming the short-term switch:

    BREAKING: @ManUtd youngster Will Keane has become Harry Redknapp’s fourth #DeadlineDay signing #WelcomeWill

    — QPR FC (@OfficialQPR) January 31, 2014

    The attacker spent a month-long loan with Wigan Athletic in December, and will now look to have further impact in England's second tier, this time under Harry Redknapp.

Federico Macheda Joins the Birmingham City Exodus

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    Friday, Jan. 31

    Striker Federico Macheda became the third United player to leave for Birmingham on loan, late on deadline day.

    Federico Macheda has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season. Tom Thorpe and Tyler Blackett did the same earlier today.

    — Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 31, 2014

Lawrence Joins Yeovil on Loan

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    Friday, Jan. 31

    Welsh striker Tom Lawrence has joined Yeovil Town on loan from United, as per the club's official site.

    Lawrence was most recently on loan at Carlisle United.

United Youngsters Thorpe and Blackett out on Loan

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    As per United's official website, 21-year-old central defender Tom Thorpe has joined Birmingham City on loan until the end of the season.

    Thorpe is expected to make his debut this weekend for the Championship side.

    Tyler Blackett, 19, has also moved to Birmingham, on an identical loan deal.

David Moyes Says Transfer Business Is 'Done' as Zaha and Fabio Join Cardiff

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    Manchester United manager David Moyes says he will not be bringing in any more players on transfer deadline day, as the club's official website reported.

    The Old Trafford boss spoke with the media at lunchtime on Friday ahead of the Premier League trip to Stoke City, and said there would be no further business at the club:

    There's no disappointment [that there will be no more transfers].

    I said at the start that we wouldn’t do much business in January.

    There's no one reason for that.

    United winger Wilfried Zaha completed his loan move to Cardiff City on Friday, at the same time as defender Fabio made a permanent switch to the Bluebirds, as the Welsh club's official website confirmed.

Andros Townsend a Shock Target for Moyes

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    Friday, Jan. 31

    Andros Townsend hasn't been very present in the transfer headlines this month, but a surprise move to Manchester United could be on the horizon at the month's last opening.

    The Spurs speedster appears to be a fan of the occasion, too, posting the following on his Twitter account:

    Happy transfer deadline day guys! Haha And Merry Christmas to Jim White #hisfavouritedayoftheyear

    — andros townsend (@andros_townsend) January 31, 2014

     The Sun (h/t Samuel Stevens of The Independent) state that David Moyes is raising interest in the ENgland international with a view to beefing up his resources on the wing.

    An excerpt from the report reads:

    Moyes had enquired about his services in the summer but was put-off by Tottenham's £8m valuation.

    The required fee will now have to be in excess of £15m if they are to tempt Spurs into parting with their youngster, but Moyes is undeterred.

    Townsend has had his gleaming moments in the team since bursting into first-team action this season, but consistency has proven to be his main problem.

    Nevertheless, Moyes could be lured in by the Tottenham asset, while Sherwood will be keen to hang on to those under his command.

Wilfried Zaha Completes Cardiff City Loan Switch

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    Friday, Jan. 31

    Wilfried Zaha has been confirmed as Cardiff City's fifth signing of the January transfer window, and the second acquisition from Manchester United this month following the purchase of Fabio da Silva.

    According to BBC Sport, Zaha will now spend the remainder of the 2013-14 campaign in the Welsh capital, and there's not many more suited mentors for the winger than Manchester United great, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

    Per the BBC report, the Bluebirds boss said of his newest arrival:

    "He [Zaha] should be [done] now, the name is on the papers. Probably we are done with signings, but there may be players going out on loan and some transfers as well."

    Zaha hasn't fitted in well since moving to Old Trafford over the summer, but he'll now hope to thrive on the first-team action that's likely to come his way.

Tottenham Enter Race for Nani

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    Friday, Jan. 31

    Nani's time at Old Trafford may be dwindling, but that doesn't mean the trickster's Premier League career has to be done.

    That's after it emerged that Tottenham are one of the clubs interested in tying up a deal for the Manchester United misfit, per Metro's Jamie Sanderson.

    Sanderson writes:

    Spurs boss Tim Sherwood is desperate to add to his options before the close of the window, and Portuguese attacker Nani has emerged as a top target.

    United are open to allowing the player to leave for the remainder of the campaign, but Sherwood faces competition from Inter Milan to get his man.

    Nani has struggled to fit in with the Red Devils of late, but has been contending with a hamstring injury recently.

United Hopes of Signing Toni Kroos Fade as Wilfried Zaha Completes Cardiff Move

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    Manchester United have conceded defeat in their hopes of signing Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, reports Martin Blackburn of The Sun (subscription required).

    According to the article, United officials acknowledge the need for a defensive midfielder, but are unlikely to do any more major deals after the signing of Juan Mata earlier in the window.

    However, United winger Wilfried Zaha has completed his loan move to Cardiff City, according to Jack Gaughan of the Daily Mail.

Pep Guardiola Opens Door for Toni Kroos Sale

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    Thursday, Jan. 30

    With less than 18 months remaining on his current deal at the Allianz Arena, one would think that Bayern are doing everything in their power to ensure one of Germany's rising talents is tied down to the club as reward for his performances.

    However, Pep Guardiola wouldn't appear to be so strict in his strategy, and this week hinted that a sale of their midfield asset may not be unforeseeable.

    According to Ben Jefferson of the Express, when quizzed about his player's future in Bavaria, Guardiola responded: "He is an important player but things can move fast in football. Here today, gone tomorrow."

    Such loose integrity around Kroos' name will be of particular interest to United, who could use a talent of precisely the 24-year-old's skill set amongst their ranks.

    Juan Mata's signature has gone about solving some of the creative voids that may have been visible at Old Trafford, but the Bayern playmaker would help in finally giving a bit of steel to the engine-room ranks.

Fabio Coentrao a No-Go This Month

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    Thursday, Jan. 30

    Carlo Ancelotti isn't keen on the thought of losing Fabio Coentrao this month, and has effectively ruled out any movement that United may have hoped to make for the left-back utility.

    The Portuguese has made just four La Liga appearances this season, per Transfermarkt, but it seems the Real Madrid boss wants to have every option at his disposal for the end-of-season run-in.

    The Express' Ben Jefferson says that the Italian doesn't want to be caught short of cover in the position, writing:

    And that means despite Coentrao's reported desire to leave Real, Ancelotti won't tolerate his departure with Marcelo his only other option at left-back.

    It seems that United will now have to turn their attentions to other target in January or have to wait to see if Ancelotti reconsiders in the summer.

    It's but the latest rejection United have been faced with in their long-term pursuit of Coentrao's services, who's likely to once again become associated with the Premier League outfit should Patrice Evra indeed leave when he's out of contract.

Monaco Eyeing Javier Hernandez as Radamel Falcao Cover

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    Tuesday, Jan. 28

    Ben Jefferson of the Express claims that Javier Hernandez is the latest striking target to be linked with Monaco as the Ligue 1 outfit look to lessen the blow of Radamel Falcao's season-ending knee injury.

    The Colombian recently underwent surgery for a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, and the French Riviera club are now considering their options in how to best deal with his absence.

    Hernandez has been linked with a move away from Old Trafford for some time now, and his lack-of-playing-time torment has continued under David Moyes, with Jefferson writing:

    And that has seen the club turn to Hernandez, who is reportedly unsettled at Old Trafford and could be open to a move away with Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie both in line to return from injury against Cardiff on Tuesday night.

    Hernandez's fate at United would seem closely linked to how bad he actually wishes to remain on with the club, his perseverance thus far proving unyielding.

Red Devils Reject 'Significant' Adnan Januzaj Bid

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    Monday, Jan. 27

    The inevitable is coming to fruition this winter, with Adnan Januzaj's remarkable rise to Reds royalty having seemingly aroused the intrigue of some of Europe's biggest clubs.

    According to The Guardian's Daniel Taylor, Paris Saint-Germain have tested United's resolve with a "significant" offer for the 18-year-old:

    The French champions have refused to drop their interest in the 18-year‑old despite him signing his first major contract at Old Trafford in October.

    United rejected the offer and have made it clear they do not want to negotiate about a player David Moyes has said is talented enough to become one of the great modern-day players.

    Irrespective of his age, Januzaj has come to be one of the club's most reliable and consistent creative assets this term, and the signing of Mata only promises to further enhance his talent.

    That being said, such fine development is only likely to raise the intrigue of fellow football powers, with PSG of the belief that they can use United's current predicament to their advantage.

Toni Kroos the Next Big Target on Moyes' Radar

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    Monday, Jan. 27

    With just 18 months left on his Bayern Munich contract, Toni Kroos is alleged to be one Bundesliga priority on Moyes' shortlist, although Borussia Dortmund's Marco Reus also features highly.

    As the Telegraph states (h/t Metro), the United boss was on hand at Borussia-Park earlier this month to watch the Bayern playmaker in action.

    An excerpt from the report reads:

    Kroos, 24, has just 18 months left to run on his current deal, and with Bayern spoilt for choice in attacking areas, the German international may feel he’s better moving on come the end of the season.

    Moyes has recently been spotted on numerous scouting missions across Europe, but the Telegraph claim the United boss was in the stands to run the rule over Kroos during Bayern’s trip to Borussia Monchengladbach.

    As Kyle Bonn of states, Moyes was spotted chatting to Kroos' agent at the fixture, sending rumours into overdrive as a result.

    Of course, Moyes could have been looking at any number of players from either side, but all fingers would appear to be pointing toward Kroos as a likely target—not the least of which is the Red Devils' dire need of a midfielder boasting his balanced skill set.

Offer Being Prepared for Last-Ditch Cabaye Move

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    Monday, Jan. 27

    Manchester United could yet go some way to solving their issues in midfield with a move for Yohan Cabaye in the last few days of the January transfer window.

    Jamie Jackson of The Guardian says that the Newcastle United midfielder has already been the subject of a £14 million bid from Paris Saint-Germain, which was rejected out of hand.

    Jackson claims that the Magpies are looking for a fee of £25 million for the player, adding:

    David Moyes' priority is to strengthen his midfield and, though Cabaye is not considered by the United manager to be in the highest bracket of player, the 28-year-old is proven in the Premier League and a France international who, it is felt inside Old Trafford, would help United's push for a Champions League place.

    While United would price Cabaye at less than £25m, the club's hierarchy recognise that a premium will have to be paid to attract players, as was shown by their willingness to spend £37.1m on Juan Mata.

    Cabaye's blend of fine playmaking and battling work without the ball could go some way to answering Moyes' problems, but £25 million would be a hefty sum to shell out for a player of the Frenchman's caliber.