Man United: Misery-Monger Moyes Needs To Be More Realistic In Transfer Market
As if Manchester United fans haven't already had their fair share of disappointment and misery this season, Old Trafford boss David Moyes seems hell bent on serving up dry hump after dry hump.
The Daily Express reports that the Scot has now set his sights on Southampton's England saviours™ Adam Lallana and Luke Shaw this summer - and is readying a £30 million for the south coast duo.
With Patrice Evra getting on a bit, and Alex Buttner being, well, Alex Buttner, United are well-know to be looking for a new left sided option - but frankly, Moyes is fighting an uphill struggle in his quest for 18 year old starlet Shaw.
Like a lycra-clad contestant limbering up to run the gauntlet on ITV's Gladiators, Moyes will have numerous hurdles to overcome if he is to be successful in his approach for the full back - namely, Jose Mourinho and Chelsea.
Shaw has already revealed that he is a Chelsea fan, and the Blues have been tracking him for some time now. Whilst a likely-looking deal in January failed to materialise, the Stamford Bridge side still look like favourites to secure his signature should he opt leave St Marys.
Meanwhile, Adam Lallana's impressive 30 minute Three Lions cameo against Denmark last week has seen him stake a last ditch claim for a seat on the plane to Brazil - and that call-up would cap another excellent season for the Southampton skipper.
Just last campaign, the midfielder inked a new five year deal on the south coast, stating that he has no intention of leaving the Saints any time soon - and whilst many are cynical about the weight of that comment, Lallana is undoubtedly Southampton through and through, and for that reason, we're inclined to believe him.
That's not to say, of course, that if a top four club with a bulky budget came calling, the winger wouldn't be casting longing glances 'pon Estate Agent websites - but looking increasingly like they will be without Champions League football next year, United don't have the appeal of their rivals.
With just half a dozen points separating the two clubs, perhaps Lallana might prefer to remain a big fish than become a somewhat smaller fish in the north west.
Lest we forget that Southampton have so far done extremely well keeping hold of their prize possessions, and aren't short of a bob or two themselves, do United really signify that much of a step up from St Marys?