Old Trafford side keen to finally land big summer signing.
Man United appear to be closing in on a deal to sign Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera with David Moyes set to trigger the 24 year old’s release clause according to the Daily Mirror.
Having failed with an opening bid of £25m the Old Trafford boss is ready to make a second offer in the hope of landing the highly rated Athletic Bilbao man having seen efforts to bring in a host of midfielders fail this summer.
Moyes is still to make a high profile signing as Man United boss and has seen pursuits of Marouane Fellaini, Thiago Alcantara, Cesc Fabregas and Daniele De Rossi all fail to come to fruition and has now set his sights on securing the signing of Herrera.
Once the £31m bid is registered the locally born midfielder will have to decide if he wants to leave his Basque side who he joined back in the summer of 2011 from Real Zaragoza. Over the course of the past two seasons Herrera has made 89 appearances and is on the fringes of the senior Spanish national team set-up.
Bilbao president Josu Urrutia has made it clear that the central midfielder will not be allowed to leave for less than the player’s release clause, stating;
“We have had an offer for Ander Herrera. Our club is different, it is based on sentiment. Our objective isn’t to make money. For a player to go, first the player must express his desire to leave the club and pay the release clause.”
David Moyes may feel his central midfield options could do with being supplemented, not least as Darren Fletcher continues to recover from long term illness and Anderson hasn’t impressed all that much over the past couple of seasons.
Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley have thus far been the Scot’s first choice midfield pairing this season.