Red Devils have been scouting the pair for some time now.
Premier League champions Manchester United are set to hold off on making a move for either of their long-running midfield targets in the January transfer window, Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan and Atletico de Madrid’s Koke, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
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The Red Devils head coach David Moyes has been handed a bumper £200m transfer war chest by the club’s American owners the Glazer family in order to ensure that the club finish this campaign in the top four of the Premier League, and with it gain entry into next season’s Uefa Champions League.
However, despite various reports over the weekend suggesting that the Scot was on the verge of sealing big-money deals for his two primary transfer targets this month, the word now coming out of Old Trafford is that in actual fact Moyes may hold off conducting any business in January until the end of the campaign.
And that is because the United manager is said to only want new recruits at the Theatre of Dreams who have the experience and maturity to go straight into the starting lineup, which rules out either the German or the Spaniard, with the former currently suffering from a long-term back injury and the latter still relatively new on the scene in La Liga.