Manchester United must not sign £25m Premier League star

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It's not really an altogether absurd claim to suggest that the striker partnership of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney is one of the most efficient in the world.

Neither is it ridiculous to look at the likes of Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez and see reason for envy from other clubs at United owning two very complete forwards who are regularly consigned to the bench.

David Moyes is entitled to asses the performances of his own stars and subsequently draw up transfer options at his own discretion. But surely there becomes a line where even the manager of the most historic club in England has to decide who is really going to benefit his club and who ultimately won't add anything at all.

And if reports concerning Manchester United's interest in Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke have any foundations planted in reality, David Moyes is definitely overstepping that line.

If Rooney had departed in the summer- as was rumoured with more than just a hint of feasibility- Benteke may have been a viable option. The Belgian is capable of scoring goals when on form and has proven himself adept at handling the physicality and pace of the league after acclimatising with impressive speed.

However he has no place in Moyes squad; at least no until his development is finished and it can be determined whether or not he actually does have the potential to become a Drogba-like threat, or if last season's exploits were simply the endeavours of a man who stood out amongst a team of underachieving players.

As previously stated, he isn't about to knock either Van Persie or Rooney out of the starting XI and, in my mind at least, he doesn't have the credentials or experience at the top to command a place higher up in the pecking order than either Welbeck or Hernandez.

Put plainly, of all the issues facing David Moyes as we enter the winter transfer period, the men who spearhead his attack should be right at the very bottom.

Then of course there's the subject of the cost. Benteke is valued at £25million at Villa Park and Paul Lambert is so dependent upon his powerful forward that it's practically ludicrous to claim that he will be allowed to leave for anything less.

Having only signed a new deal with the midlands club in the summer the 23-year-old's contract doesn't wind down anytime soon and, put frankly, there's far more experienced players out there who could be purchased at a fraction of the price.

Unless Moyes wants to break the bank in order to get a player who will join the likes of Wilfried Zaha by way of fighting for a place on the substitutes bench then the whole idea needs to be put to bed, and soon.

Arsenal may benefit from having a strong backup, Chelsea could even profit from shaking things up with a view to kick-starting their strikers into action. Tottenham could definitely find room for a forward of his size and stature but a potential move to United is as about as suitable as saying Nicklas Bendtner might benefit Barcelona.

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