David Moyes Reveals Mystery Manchester United Talks with Summer Transfer Targets

Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistApril 10, 2014

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09:  David Moyes, manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in Munich, Germany.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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David Moyes has hinted Manchester United fans can look forward to a significant summer rebuild after exiting the Champions League at the hands of Bayern Munich.

The Red Devils lost 4-2 on aggregate to Pep Guardiola's superior Bundesliga side, meaning they are unlikely to appear in Europe's elite competition until at least the 2015-16 season. Currently seventh in the Premier League and with little hope of qualifying, Moyes suggested he has already spoken to potential star signings about the situation, per David McDonnell of the Mirror:

"The ones who, quietly, someone might have had a word in their ear, have all been keen to come because they know it is a short thing, not a long thing and are all very keen to join such a great club," said Moyes.

MUNICH, GERMANY - APRIL 09: Danny Welbeck of Manchester United challenges Toni Kroos of Bayern Muenchen during the UEFA Champions League Quarter Final second leg match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Manchester United at Allianz Arena on April 9, 2014 in M
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United continue to be linked with a host of fresh blood. The most intense rumour right now stems from Bayern midfielder Toni Kroos, who "has told his team-mates he wants to join," per John Edwards of the Daily Mail.

Despite this assertion, Bayern chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge halted talk of any such transfer, saying, "I can promise you that Toni will play for Bayern next season," noted in Edwards' article.

The Mirror's Alan Nixon suggested United's trip to the Allianz Arena will be used to conduct business:

Manchester United supremo Ed Woodward will stay in Germany overnight in a bid to thrash out a deal for Bayern Munich star Toni Kroos.

Woodward wants straight answers from the midfielder, who helped Bayern knock United out of the Champions League quarter-finals on Wednesday.

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With United also linked to players including Ilkay Gundogan, per Simon Austin of The Mirror, it seems an exciting summer awaits.

Moyes' suggestion that United officials "might have had a word" in the ear of potential targets does open up the club to the risk of tapping-up claims. Contact isn't allowed to be made until the player's contracted club give permission, so the Scottish manager may need to confirm specifics.

In fairness to Moyes, he might have been speaking about players who are out of contract at the end of the season, in which case, fears of punishment would be allayed.

United are in the disappointing position of having very little to play for at this stage of the campaign. Defeat to Everton on April 20 will end their chances of finishing fourth, meaning we are likely to witness experimental line-ups from Moyes, who will be hoping to build toward a brighter future.

Although the side showed decent fight across two legs with Bayern, an overall lack of quality certainly needs to be addressed if we are to see United in the Champions League anytime soon.