Manchester United manager David Moyes is set to overhaul the club's scouting system following a disastrous transfer window, according to the Daily Mirror.
United's only notable addition to the squad that won the Premier League title last season was Marouane Fellaini, who arrived from Everton in a £27.5 million deadline day deal.
That signing was made after the Red Devils failed with their two primary targets - Barcelona's Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alacantara - and it has led to heavy criticism of the way the club went about their business this summer.
United were also linked with Mesut Ozil, who went on to join Arsenal, and Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, but instead Fellaini was the solitary arrival at the Theatre of Dreams.
Moyes' first transfer window in charge was marred by the bizarre events that took place when United tried to sign Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera, when two impostors were said to have turned up in Spain to force the deal through, and the manager has reportedly been reviewing the way the club scout players.
It is understood that rather than appoint a director of football at Old Trafford, which Moyes believes could undermine new chief-executive Ed Woodward, the Scotsman wants to find better and more effective scouts.
Most of the current staff were employed by previous manager Sir Alex Ferguson and the successor to Fergie hopes to bring in his own talent-spotters to the club in the near future.
The 50-year old is hoping he can find scouts that not only have the potential for finding players but who also have a clear idea of how likely the club are of signing them.
Moyes would have been frustrated to see rivals City, who spent no less than £90 million, get good business done early, and he would have envied Tottenham Hotspur who managed to bring in exciting young talent such as Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela.
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