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Manchester United End Long-Running Interest In Big-Money English Defensive Duo

Scot may now look abroad to find a successor to Evra in the north west. 

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New Manchester United head coach David Moyes is set to end his longstanding interest in both Everton’s Leighton Baines and Southampton’s Luke Shaw after being quoted a figure of £25 million in order to sign both defenders by their respective clubs, according to reports in The Times.

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The Premier League champions have made the purchase of a new left-sided full back to take over from veteran France international Patrice Evra their number one priority for this month’s winter transfer window.

Evra’s current contract with the Red Devils runs out at the end of this campaign and the experienced defender has previously indicated that he will not be seeking to extend his stay at Old Trafford into another season, but will instead be returning home to France to see out the rest of his career due to unspecified personal reasons.

And as a result, Moyes had identified either England international Baines or England Under-21 international Shaw to succeed the Frenchman at the Theatre of Dreams, with the Scot even hoping to agree a deal for one of those two players in January so that they could then spend the second half of this campaign learning their trade under Evra’s tutelage.

However, with United having been told by both the Toffees and the Saints that their star men will not be allowed to depart for anything less than a figure of £25m this month, Moyes is understood to now be switching his focus elsewhere in his long-running search for a new left back.

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