David Moyes was hotly chasing after Everton’s Leighton Baines at the start of the season, but according to this weekend’s tabloid reports, the United gaffer has switched his transfer attentions to opposing Toffees full-back Seamus Coleman.
The 25 year-old was once snapped up by the former Goodison boss for just £60k from Sligo Rovers back in 2009, and having featured for the Merseysiders on over 100 occasions since, he’s arguably the best value of money purchase of Moyes’ decade-long tenure at Everton.
In that time, the Ireland international has converted from a hard-working right winger into a free-roaming, adventurous right-back, and the success of Coleman’s transformation is best illustrated by his efforts this season.
Clearly one of the biggest benefactors of the fluid brand of football Roberto Martinez has brought to Goodison Park this term, the defender has claimed five goals and one assist in 23 Premier League appearances, including two sensational strikes against Swansea and Southampton.
Along the way, he’s averaged an impressive 2.2 tackles, 1.7 interceptions, 1 shot, 1.2 key passes and 1.9 successful dribbles per match, with a pass completion rate of 87%.
According to the Mirror and the Daily Star, Moyes will try to lure away his former employee for around £15million at the end of the season.
But it remains to be seen whether the United gaffer can hatch a fair deal with the Everton boardroom or if bad blood from his pursuits of Baines and Marouane Fellaini last summer will stand in the way.