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Moyes eyes signings before World Cup

ESPN staff
April 18, 2014
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David Moyes has confirmed his summer transfer plans are well underway and revealed he is hoping to make additions to his Manchester United squad before the start of the World Cup on June 12.

It is believed Moyes has as much as £100 million to spend on new signings, with a £30 million deal for Luke Shaw reportedly close.

United have also been linked to Sporting Lisbon midfielder William Carvalho, while according to the Daily Mail, Moyes was in Portugal to watch Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala and team-mate Jackson Martinez play against Benfica earlier this week.

"I've got to say I'm well into my planning with my thoughts and ideas getting ready for next year," Moyes said.

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"It will probably be after the end of the season before anything takes place, but we have got to look to do one or two things.

"It's difficult as players are going to be going away for the World Cup so it's maybe not quite as easy as ideally all clubs would like to get the work done early. We cannot guarantee it, but will try to make that happen.

"We're linked with player after player and every time I go to a game, I'm supposed to be signing three or four players from that game.

"That isn't the case, but everyone is well aware we are looking to make signings and will try to do that whenever the opportunity arises."

Moyes has also played down talk of the significance of his first return to Goodison Park since leaving Everton to take over at United.

The Scot was Everton manager from 2002 until 2013, recording nine top-eight finishes and reaching the FA Cup final in 2009, but he insists Sunday's game is not all about him.

Everton, under Roberto Martinez, are chasing a top-four finish, while Moyes has reportedly been given the target of qualifying for the Europa League.

"First of all, the game is not about me, it's about Everton and Manchester United on the day," said Moyes. "I go there as manager of Manchester United and I'm delighted to be that. I was proud to be manager of Everton at that time but my job now is to make sure I get a result for Manchester United.

"The fans were always terrific in my time there, very supportive and always right behind the team. We had some really big games there at times and they'll be supporting the team like the Manchester United supporters have for their team. We go there with a great away record and go there trying to keep that going."

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