Manchester United not in for Ozil
Published 02/09/2013 | 10:26
Manchester United's deadline-day recruitment drive will not include a pursuit of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.
The odds on Ozil joining United plummeted on Monday morning amid speculation the Germany midfielder would prefer to join the Red Devils rather than Arsenal, who it is reported have agreed a fee with Real Madrid.
But Press Association Sport understands Red Devils chief David Moyes has not identified Ozil as a target and has no intention of hijacking any deal Arsenal may be working on.
The news will doubtless disappoint some United fans, but Moyes is evidently looking to strengthen his squad.
Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines remain on his shopping list, although there is a strong possibility that of the two, only the Belgian midfielder will eventually arrive at Old Trafford.
There has been speculation Fellaini would hand in a transfer request in a bid to force through a deal. However, this is thought unlikely as it would be unnecessary under the circumstances.
Due to sheer geography, that transfer could happen quite late, with the deadline falling at 11pm.
The same is not true of Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera, who has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford move in recent days.
Left out of the starting line-up for Sunday's defeat at Real Madrid, Herrera would presumably have to fly to England to complete a medical should terms be agreed, which would put an obvious time limit on the transfer getting a significant push forward.
Moyes was giving little away following his side's 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, when United failed to score in successive Premier League matches for the first time since May 2007.
"There's a bit of all sorts of things going on," said Moyes.
"Maybe in the next how many hours we will get a chance, but I can't give you a heads up.
"It's not too long before we will know."