Moyes is keeping his options open in the transfer market.
New Manchester United manager David Moyes has confirmed the club’s second bid for Cesc Fabregas, but could turn to Luka Modric or Yohan Cabaye if Barcelona say no again, reports the Manchester Evening News.
Whilst Fabregas is Moyes’ No.1 target, if Barca maintain their firm stance on the Spaniard not leaving the Nou Camp then Modric and Cabaye are the Scot’s back-up choices.
The Red Devils have already had an offer of around £26m turned down for the former Arsenal captain and are likely to have to pay £35m to tempt the midfielder to Manchester.
Newcastle United star Cabaye would be a far cheaper option at around £15m, with the Frenchman having plenty of Premier League experience following two seasons with the Magpies.
The 27-year-old was instrumental in the north-east club’s impressive fifth place finish in 2011/12, although has become disgruntled at St James’ Park in the last 12 months.
Real Madrid’s Modric meanwhile is another who knows English football well, spending four years with Tottenham Hotspur before a £26.4m move to the Santiago Bernabeu in the summer of 2012.
The Croatian managed 33 La Liga appearances with Madrid, although the arrival of young talent Asier Illarramendi from Real Sociedad could limit Modric’s chances this season.
Moyes clearly wants to make a real point to the rest of the league by making a big midfield signing this summer, an area the Red Devils have been lacking in the past few seasons.
Although Michael Carrick has been in superb form of late, the retirement of Paul Scholes and the ongoing health concerns of Darren Fletcher means United are weakened in the centre of the park.