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22/05/2013 07:36

Papers: Moyes lines up Shaw

Neil Moxley writes in the Daily Mail...

United take on Chelsea for Saint Shaw
David Moyes will rival Chelsea in the battle to sign 17-year-old Luke Shaw this summer. The Southampton left back is on Moyes’s shortlist as the new Manchester United manager attempts to put his own stamp on the squad left by Sir Alex Ferguson. Shaw was scouted last season by Moyes, then Everton boss, who had earmarked him to provide competition for Leighton Baines. Shaw would then have taken the left-back role if Baines moved to Old Trafford. But with the England defender now likely to stay at Goodison Park, Shaw will face renewed pressure to commit his future to Saints. Reports suggested he would be lured away after playing few games last season. He is a boyhood Chelsea fan and has been linked with the Blues. Shaw announced his intention to stay with Southampton in the belief that he had a better chance of regular first-team football. He has not signed a professional deal and will not until July, when he turns 18. Moyes is likely to return to Everton, with 19-year-old midfielder Ross Barkley high on his hit-list

In contrast to the Daily Mail’s story, The Telegraph claims Shaw would like to sign a professional deal with the Saints because he wants a guarantee of first-team football. Jeremy Wilson writes, “Southampton are now confident that he will sign a five-year contract when he turns 18 on July 12.”

Elsewhere, The Guardian says Phil Neville wants to take charge of Everton following the departure of Moyes. The broadsheet also includes quotes from the ex-Red, who believes his former Toffees boss is a perfect fit for United. “He is the best candidate, 100 per cent,” insists Phil. “You can put him alongside any coach in the world for that job and he is the best candidate.”

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