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Moyes not sure of Fabregas third bid

ESPN staff
July 28, 2013
David Moyes is yet to decide who will line up against Swansea on the opening day of the Premier League season © Getty Images

Manchester United manager David Moyes does not know whether the club will make a third bid for Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas.

The Premier League champions have seen two bids for the former Arsenal captain rejected by Barcelona, and speaking on United's pre-season tour of Asia from Hong Kong, Moyes is not certain whether the Red Devils will continue their pursuit of the Spaniard.

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"I couldn't tell you if there will be another bid. Obviously we will take stock of it and consider what we are going to do next," he said.

"I never at any time said I knew we would get him. I just said we had made offers."

The Scot is confident though of bringing in players before the start of the campaign.

"But what we have here is a really good squad of players already. You mustn't forget about the quality that is already here at Manchester United," he added.

"Undoubtedly we are hoping to add to it. I am quite confident we will do, certainly before the window shuts."

Meanwhile, Moyes admits he is unsure what his strongest side is and does not know which 11 will line up on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Javier Hernandez has not yet joined up with United on their pre-season tour of Asia and Australia because of his involvement in the Confederations Cup while injuries have sidelined Nani and Antonio Valencia.

Captain Nemanja Vidic has missed the tour with a back problem while Wayne Rooney, who is wanted by Chelsea, flew home with a hamstring problem.

And it has made Moyes' task harder. He is quoted by the Guardian as saying in Hong Kong, where United are preparing to face Kitchee on Monday: "I'm still getting to know my players. I have several players back home who I've not met yet because of international duties.

"I don't have a starting XI for the Swansea game formulated in my head yet. We still have three games in Europe before the season starts. We'll look at it then."

Moyes has also been frustrated in his attempts to add to his squad this summer, with Barcelona insisting they will not sell Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara joining Bayern Munich instead of heading to Old Trafford.

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