Moyes is keen on signing Townsend from north London.
In a surprise development Manchester United are preparing to make a shock move for Tottenham Hotspur winger Andros Townsend, according to the Sun.
Red Devils manager David Moyes is a big fan of the 22-year-old and tried to bring the England international to Everton last season when the Scot was in charge at Goodison Park.
Townsend has been enjoying a breakthrough campaign at White Hart Lane this season after being given a run in the first team by former boss Andre Villas-Boas.
The youngster’s impressive start to the term caught the attention of England manager Roy Hodgson and the attacking midfielder earned his first two caps for the Three Lions in their World Cup qualifying campaign.
In the nation’s last two games against Montenegro and Poland, Townsend inspired the team to successive victories and a place at the 2014 tournament in Brazil – scoring his first goal in impressive style in a 4-1 win over the Montenegrins.
New Spurs boss Tim Sherwood does not want to lose the player however – who could cost as much as £24m if United want to sign him.
Townsend is a product of the Tottenham youth system and has finally made an impression at White Hart Lane after nine loan spells in four years.
The Englishman was born in north London and is a popular figure among the fans, but Moyes is keen to improve the Premier League champions before the January transfer window closes.
The 50-year-old has already signed Juan Mata from Chelsea for a club record £37.1m, but a £25m move for Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos looks unlikely to happen.
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