David Moyes' frustrating pursuit of a proven playmaker is reported to have led Manchester United to Mesut Ozil, with the Premier League champions having approached Real Madrid to gauge the availability of the Germany international.
ESPN reports that the Red Devils have been in contact with the representatives of the player since June, and have now registered their interest with his employers in the hope of concluding a deal.
Manchester United, it is claimed, are planning a bid in the region of £40 million in their quest to bring the 24-year-old to Old Trafford, although a deal for Ozil would appear to be relatively unlikely.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez holds Ozil in high regard, and ranks the former Werder Bremen midfielder among his favourite players at the Santiago Bernabeu.
However, the potential arrival of Gareth Bale in Madrid could encourage Los Blancos to entertain offers for Ozil, and Manchester United are ready to pounce if they do.
A deal for Ozil would be a coup indeed for Moyes in his first summer as Manchester United manager, with the player more than capable of filling the void left by Paul Scholes at the end of last season.
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