Manchester United scouts were present at Athletic Bilbao's game against Valencia on Sunday to scout Ander Herrera, according to the local Spanish media.
Super Deporte claims that David Moyes sent scouts to Spain to again run the rule over the Spanish playmaker, who he failed to sign in the summer. Herrera stands as a symbol of Moyes' poor performance in the summer transfer window, driven home by their subsequent form in the Premier League.
But despite his failure it seems Moyes is still intent on signing the 24-year-old. Herrera is reported to have a release clause of as much as £31.5m and, because of Bilbao's strict rules of only signing Basque players, it will be unlikely that Manchester United will get him for less.
Valencia and Athletic drew 1-1 on Sunday night but Herrera was the standout performer in the game. He would have no doubt impressed the Manchester United scouts, but they weren't just in town to see Herrera.
The same newspaper report also claims that Manchester United have stepped up their interest in Valencia left-back Juan Bernat with scouts told to keep a close eye on him during the game as well.
Bernat, a Spanish under-21 international, has impressed for Valencia this season and has been added to Moyes' shortlist to replace Patrice Evra.
Evra is out of contract in the summer and has been tipped to follow Nemanja Vidic out of the exit door.
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