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Manchester United Told To Wait Until Summer For Key Defensive Target

Louis van Gaal is looking for a defender at Old Trafford…

Manchester United have been told to wait until the summer to sign Athletic Bilbao defender Aymeric Laporte, according to the Daily Star.

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The Red Devils have apparently been keen to sign the 20-year-old during the current window, but the Basque side are not keen to do any business for another six months. This is similar to last January, when they attempted to sign Ander Herrera but ended up having to wait until the season finished to seal the deal.

This hang up may be because the Frenchman has been a regular for Athletic in recent years, and they are probably unwilling to have to get a replacement half way through a campaign where Laporte has already made 24 appearances.

They will also want to keep hold of one of their main players as they look to salvage their season. Bilbao are currently a mere three points off the relegation spots in the Spanish top flight, and this is nowhere near where a club of their size would expect to be.

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