Athletic Bilbao expecting Manchester United target to stay

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Manchester United target Ander Herrera is expected to remain at Athletic Bilbao until the end of the season at least, according to a Sky Sports source.

The 24-year-old midfielder was heavily linked with the Premier League champions during the summer, but a transfer never transpired.

Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Herrera to Old Trafford again this month, after Manchester United scout Robbie Cooke was spotted at San Mames, taking in Bilbao's recent 6-1 win over Almeria.

Herrera's buyout clause currently stands at €36million, and will rise by a further €4million in the summer - hence Manchester United's desire to secure the Spaniard's signature in January.

However, a source close to the Primera Division club are adamant that he won't leave this month, and that Moyes is wasting his time if he thinks he can complete a mid-season transfer for Herrera.

"We know people are looking but the situation has not changed," said the source. "Ander has [told] us that he does not want to leave the club in this moment."

And, Herrera himself has been quoted by Basque paper Diario Vasco, aligning himself with Athletic Bilbao's standpoint.

"I am happy in Bilbao, and I want to help the club improve this season."

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