United boss David Moyes says he was ‘looking at different positions’.
Manchester United boss David Moyes has admitted he passed up the chance to sign Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid this summer.
Ozil, 24, joined Arsenal from Real Madrid for £42.5m on August transfer deadline day and has helped turned the Gunners into realistic Premier League and Champions League contenders.
United were linked with a move for the German international before Arsenal’s club-record swoop and Moyes has admitted a deal between Los Blancos and United was ‘mooted’ but says he was ‘looking at different positions’.
“We weren’t close to buying him but something was mooted a little bit before that,” said Moyes.
“We didn’t need that position at the time. I didn’t even say it was an interest, it was put to us and it was just something at the time we didn’t need.
“We we had Shinji Kagawa and Wayne Rooney and people of a similar ilk so it wasn’t quite what we required at that time. We were looking at different positions.”
United also signed a central midfield player on deadline day, with Moyes linking up again with Marouane Fellaini, who arrived in a £27.5m deal from the Scot’s former club Everton.