Manchester United Transfer News: Toni Kroos Talk Ended by David Moyes

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2014

Bayern's Toni Kroos controls the ball during the Champions League group D soccer match between FC Bayern Munich and Viktoria Plzen in Munich, southern Germany, Wednesday, Oct.  23, 2013. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
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David Moyes has ended speculation linking Manchester United with a transfer deadline day move for Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos, telling reporters the Premier League champions have concluded their business until the summer:

Kroos was rumoured to be on the Red Devils' radar after he failed to negotiate a new contract at the Allianz Arena, per John Edwards of the Daily Mail. An alternate Edwards report showed Moyes spending time with Sascha Breese, the player's agent.

However, any potential deal has now been ruled out.

The player reacted angrily to being substituted against Stuttgart on Jan. 29, intensifying speculation. Pep Guardiola even suggested Kroos could be on his way, per David Anderson of the Mirror:

"He [Kroos] is an important player, but things can move fast in football," said Guardiola. "Here today, gone tomorrow."

Kroos has now explained his frustration, as highlighted by Bild via Stephan Uersfeld of ESPN FC:

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

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Moyes and his United squad, buoyed by the £37.1 million signing of Juan Mata, can now focus on the remainder of a season that has proven extremely tough so far.

The former Everton boss has struggled to get the best out of a squad that is lacking well-rounded quality.

Although Robin van Persie, Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick have struggled with injury throughout much of the campaign, the Red Devils have rarely looked good enough to compete for a place in the Champions League, let alone the title.

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Mata's debut went swimmingly against Cardiff on Jan. 28. His passing gave United's midfield greater rhythm, his probing nature helped open space, and he even grabbed an assist with a simple pass to Ashley Young.

While Kroos' powerful presence would have been welcome at Old Trafford, Moyes previously suggested players of a similar calibre will arrive in the future:

Mata's arrival suggests there could be exciting times ahead for United fans, but right now, the club has a major battle on its hands to reach fourth place in the Premier League.