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Manchester United aiming to seal Real Madrid loan swoop

Fabio CoentraoThere’s some activity in the Football Transfer Tavern as punters reflect on this weekend’s Premier League action.

The commotion appears to be coming from a group of Manchester United supporters as they look over a story in today’s Sunday Telegraph.

The paper reports that United boss David Moyes is holding talks with Real Madrid as he attempts to sign defender Fabio Coentrao on loan for the rest of the season.

United fans were relived to watch their side defeat Swansea City in the late kick off yesterday as they ended a four-match stint without a victory.

And now it appears that Moyes has revisited his interest in the full back, who was close to joining the club in the summer.

The 25-year-old stayed at the Bernabeu as the proposed deal taking him to Old Trafford fell apart when the deadline approached, but new Real boss Carlo Ancelotti doesn’t regard him as a first team player and he has only started two league matches all season.

This could see the former Benfica left back moving to Manchester for the rest of the campaign as the former Everton boss tries to strengthen his squad in the current transfer window.

His agent Jorge Mendes has reportedly told Moyes that Coentrao would be interested in a switch to the Premier League.

However, any move from United will not be an easy task. Real have ruled out a January move for Coentrao after Ancelotti stated: “No players are leaving and we’re not going to sign anyone. The window is closed for us.”

Despite this speculation linking the defender with Old Trafford won’t seem to go away and he could represent a solid stop-gap for United.

First choice left back Patrice Evra is out of contract at the end of the season while Alexander Buttner and Fabio have both struggled to impress Moyes when given a chance.

Everton’s Leighton Baines seems to be the prime target but the Toffees are desperate to keep hold of the England international until the summer and that could United looking to Coentrao instead.

Could the Portuguese defender be the answer for Moyes? Let us know your thoughts below.

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