Friday, April 18
Despite the window not even being open yet, David Moyes has revealed that his transfer plans are already well underway as he prepares for a major overhaul of his squad.
The Manchester Evening News' James Robson quotes the Scot as saying that he hopes to get all business finished by the time the 2014 World Cup kicks off in order to avoid any inflated fees due to improved reputations at the global event:
I’ve got to say I’m well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year. We’re linked with player after player and every time I go to a game, I’m supposed to signing three or four players from that game.
That isn’t the case, but everyone is well aware we are looking to make signings and will try to do that whenever the opportunity arises. It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place, but we have got to look to do one or two things.
It’s difficult as players are going to be going away for the World Cup so it’s maybe not quite as easy as ideally all clubs would like to get the work done early. We cannot guarantee it, but will try to make that happen.
It's no new ideology that transfer values tend to soar following major international tournaments, with players and clubs alike benefiting from the increased spotlight placed upon those particularly impressive stars.
Moyes would be wise to get his business down quickly through this vein of thinking, but the question remains as to whether the biggest stars will be willing to budge before they get their chance to shine.