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Manchester United And Tottenham Lock Horns Over Mexico’s 2014 World Cup Star

The English duo are both chasing Espanyol’s Moreno.

Espanyol and Mexico defender Hector Moreno has emerged as a transfer target for both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur, according to talkSPORT.

Both Premier League clubs have appointed new managers this summer, with Louis van Gaal taking charge at Old Trafford and Spurs handing the reigns to Mauricio Pochettino.

Therefore it’s likely they will be wanting to put their own stamp on their respective squads, with central defence a priority area for recruitment.

United will lose the long-term partnership of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic this summer, with the pair leaving the club when their current contracts expire.

It means van Gaal needs new centre-backs desperately and sees Moreno as the ideal candidate to come in and bolster his squad.

Tottenham meanwhile have concerns over the capabilities of both captain Michael Dawson and Younes Kaboul at the back and want to find a new partner for Jan Vertonghen.

Moreno had an outstanding year in La Liga and has also attracted the interest of Inter Milan as a result and is now competing at the 2014 World Cup.

His nation the Mexicans have kept two clean-sheets so far in the tournament, including a fine display against hosts Brazil on Tuesday.

Moreno is 26-years-old and has played for Espanyol for three years following a 2011 transfer from Eredivise side AZ Alkmaar.

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