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Moyes ready for United clear-out

ESPN staff
December 15, 2013
Anderson is among the players unlikely to still be at Old Trafford next season © Getty Images

David Moyes has dropped the biggest hint yet that he is ready for a clear-out at Manchester United.

The Premier League champions have struggled so far under Moyes' reign, with many players looking a shadow of their former selves in a season which has so far seen United lose five of their opening 15 league games.

And with £27.5 million pound Marouane Fellaini the only new face at Old Trafford since Sir Alex Ferguson stepped down, Moyes is looking to freshen up his squad and get through the transitional period as quickly as possible.

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"A few could go if we got the right offer," Moyes is quoted as saying in the Daily Mail.

"I've tried to give an opportunity to everybody. Would we sell? If the right offers were there we'd probably look at it.

"We'll be balancing trying to move people on but also trying to bring people in."

Underperforming players under scrutiny include wingers Ashley Young, Nani and Antonio Valencia, while England pair Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck have also struggled this year.

Javier Hernandez, Anderson and Alex Buttner look almost certain to be on the way out, as well as veterans Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra, who will not be offered extensions at the end of their current deals.

Meanwhile, United's executive chairman Ed Woodward and Wayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford have opened negotiations on a four-year contract which, according to the paper, could be worth up to £50 million for the striker.

Real Madrid's Sami Khedira and Leighton Baines remain targets, while Moyes watched Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke and Porto defender Eliaquim Mangala when the sides met in the Champions League on Wednesday.

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