Old Trafford side ready to raid Goodison Park again.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is trying to wrap up a deal for Everton’s Seamus Coleman as he looks strengthen his defensive options.
The 23-year-old has been targeted by the Red Devil’s chief as a potential solution to his right back problem and a deal to bring him to Old Trafford in the summer has been rumoured. Coleman has impressed since making debut for the Toffees in 2009 but has been used a wide midfielder for much of the last two seasons.
Ferguson, however, believes the Republic of Ireland international is more suited to playing on the right side of defence and see’s him as the natural successor to Gary Neville who retired last season. The 70-year-old considers Coleman to share a similar playing style and mentality to the former United captain and is reportedly set to test David Moyes’ resolve to keep him.
The two clubs shared a tense relationship following the transfer of Wayne Rooney in 2004 but that seems to have eased following Darron Gibson’s move to Goodison Park and Ferguson is eager to take advantage. With Everton still struggling financially and Moyes keen to strengthen United know any offer over £10 million will be considered.
As well as this source’s claim that Man United are ready to make a move for highly rated youngster Seamus Coleman there is also growing speculation that Sir Alex Ferguson will re-ignite his interest in England international Jack Rodwell, with talk of a bid in the region of £20m in the offing as the Old Trafford boss looks to beat other interested parties to the midfield battler.
David Moyes was handed zero transfer funds over the summer and this has meant that instead of the Toffees pushing for a top six finish they sit in 11 spot, nearer the relegation zone than the European qualification. This lack of funds to invest in new talent also means that the talented players the club do have will feel that they can not progress their careers at the Merseyside club.
No doubt both Rodwell and Coleman would be tempted by a move to Man United, where they would be able to challenge for major honours and see Champions League action.
Sir Alex Ferguson seems more likely to press on with moves for Rodwell as Coleman would struggle to offer an improvement on the wide options the Man United boss already has in his armoury.