Manchester United step up £30m Spain star chase

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Manchester United appear to have increased their efforts to complete a deal that will see Spanish international Koke move to the Premier League.

According to, the Premier League champions have dispatched a delegation of transfer brokers to the Spanish capital in an attempt to attempt to negotiate a deal for the Atletico Madrid starlet.

Koke, a 21-year-old central midfielder whose rise to prominence has seen him rewarded with seven senior caps for La Roja under Vincente del Bosque, has thoroughly impressed at the Vicente Calderon this season, notching nine assists already as Diego Simeone's men search for their first La Liga title in almost 20 years.

Manchester United have suffered a frustratingly inconsistent run of form since David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson during the summer, with Wednesday's 2-1 defeat to Tim Sherwood's Tottenham Hotspur leaving last year's champions lying in seventh place.

Moyes, who missed out on a number of transfer targets during the summer, is widely expected to be in the market for a number of reinforcements in the coming weeks with the January window now open.

Koke is believed to be one of Manchester United's preferred targets, with rumours last week suggesting that the club were poised to make an offer of a whopping £30 million for the gifted playmaker.

With the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverley utterly failing to live up to lofty expectations at Old Trafford, Koke could certainly be the man to revitalise Manchester United's ailing midfield unit.

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