A Manchester United great has delivered one of the most obvious hints in Premier League history to a players who just happens to be a £25million transfer target of the Old Trafford club.
Denis Irwin was a first team stalwart with the Red Devils for 12 years and was one of the most consistent performers in the whole of Sir lex Ferguson's reign and is one of the club's most decorated full-backs.
Now he believes there is a young full-back who needs to take a step similar to the one he took when he left Oldham Athletic for Manchester United in 2002. It just so happens to be Seamus Coleman, who is reportedly one of his former club's long-term targets.
Like Irwin, Coleman is a Republic of Ireland international who has steadily been making more of a name for himself at a less prestigious club, Everton, and the 49-year-old now believes the time if right for him to move on if he is going to take his game to the next level.
"I think for him to be potentially world-class - and this is no disrespect to Everton - he probably has to move to a club that plays regularly in Europe," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"That's no disrespect to him either; that's the next stage of his progression. He's gone across from Sligo, went on loan to Blackpool, he's got better with Everton - it's been progression all the way."
Ok, Irwin doesn't specifically mention Manchester United but it hardly takes a great leap to have a guess at where he is getting at. In the Daily Star report it is claimed that after having their advances resisted in the January transfer window, Old Trafford officials will return to the Toffees with another bid this summer.
Cheeky fans may point out that there has been a conspicuous lack of European football at Old Trafford this season, but it will be difficult to find a person who believes Van Gaal will fail similarly to David Moyes and not get them in Europe.
Good Time To Go
Irwin probably has a point too; Everton are having a stuttering season under Roberto Martinez this season and although they are always just below the top four, their financial situation means they are unlikely to be do more than build up reputations for their players before selling them.
Coleman is now established as one of the better right-backs in the Premier League and should probably think about making a move to a bigger club in the near future. There's also the fact that his position is well and truly up for grabs under Van Gaal.
Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling have all filled in there at various points so far this season and have not exactly been dazzling, while specialist fullback Rafael de Silva has struggled for form between the spells he is not injured.
If he were to be even half as consistent as he is at Goodison Park, Coleman would likely have the right-back spot nailed down at Old Trafford. Let's be realistic, if Van Gaal wants him he'll almost certainly get him. £25m though? That seems a bit steep.
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