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Manchester United concede defeat and switch transfer targets

Luke ShawDaily Star journalist Adrian Kajumba suggests that David Moyes is targeting a January move for Southampton left back Luke Shaw after conceding defeat in his attempts to sign Leighton Baines from Everton.

The former Toffees manager is seeking a top quality left back to replace Patrice Evra in the side he has inherited from Sir Alex Ferguson and it appears that the excellent teenager has risen above Baines for the upcoming January window.

The Saints have developed a strong reputation for producing some of the finest players in England and are now proud to the side that helped Gareth Bale become the world’s most expensive player following his ¬£86 million move to Real Madrid.

They will be unwilling to see another key talent depart and have reportedly put a large price tag on his head but that is unlikely to deter Moyes who wants to beat off interest from Chelsea to the England Under-21 international.

Everton’s refusal to do business over Baines has forced Moyes to look elsewhere while United also failed to clinch a last ditch loan move for Real Madrid’s Fabio Coentrao.

However landing the latest Sainst academy product won’t be an easy task after Shaw penned a new five-year deal when he turned 18 in July to remain at the St. Mary’s.

If Saints decide to do business, United won’t be the only interested suitors with Chelsea understood to be Blues fan Shaw’s preferred choice as they search for a long-term alternative to Ashley Cole.

Can United land the highly rated defender in January and how much will it cost them? Let us know your thoughts below.

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