Manchester United Transfer News: David Moyes Aims to Exploit Toni Kroos Fallout

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

Bayern's Toni Kroos kicks the ball during a German first soccer division Bundesliga match between VfB Stuttgart and FC Bayern Munich in Stuttgart, Germany, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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Manchester United's pursuit of Toni Kroos could take a telling turn on transfer deadline day after it was reported that David Moyes is ready to drop £25 million on the Bayern Munich star.

As noted by John Drayton of the Daily Mail, the Red Devils boss has spoken to chief executive Ed Woodward about a potential move before the Jan. 31 market closure:

United boss David Moyes, who was pictured speaking to executive vice chairman—and chief transfer negotiator—Ed Woodward during training on Thursday, is prepared to offer £25 million for the Germany star, as revealed by Sportsmail on Tuesday.

Pep Guardiola galvanised the likelihood of a transfer after Kroos' angry reaction to being substituted against Stuttgart on Jan. 29, per Charles Reynolds of The Independent:

"He is an important player but things can move fast in football," said the Spanish manager. "Here today, gone tomorrow."

Kroos has since explained his outburst, telling Bild (h/t Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC):

“I did not expect to be substituted. But I have to accept it the way it is,” Kroos said. “I was also a bit annoyed that we were losing at the time of my substitution.”

Moyes has already shown great ambition during the transfer window—highlighted with the £37.1 million signing of Juan Mata from Chelsea—and a move for Kroos would certainly tell the world United are on a serious rebuilding mission.

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Although the club are yet to reveal concrete interest in signing the Bayern midfielder, Kroos' hard-working, determined qualities would improve a United midfield that has appeared lightweight this season.

The 24-year-old, who is comfortable on either flank or in the centre, would act as a truly classy presence in United's centre. With versatile stars such as Mata, Wayne Rooney and Adnan Januzaj in the team, Kroos would also enable Moyes to utilise an interlinking style that allows each player to roam from their positions—tactics he employed at Everton.

Each of the aforementioned players are best when given freedom to act on their instincts, so it would be interesting to see where Kroos would fit in at Old Trafford. With Michael Carrick patrolling the centre, there's room for the German to be highly active just in front of United's defensive shield.

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Moyes would be wise to act now if he sees Kroos as a potential signing, especially as the player appeared frustrated during his recent Bayern appearance.

Jan Aage Fjortoft, a Germany-based pundit who continues to comment on developing situations in the Bundesliga, suggests a January deal is unlikely:

United have until 11 p.m. GMT/6 p.m. ET on Jan. 31 to make their move.