Manchester United still in the race to sign Atletico Madrid's Koke

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Manchester United are still in with a chance of signing Atletico Madrid star Koke - despite the fact he recently signed a new contract with the Spanish giants.

The 22-year-old has been a hit with Atletico this season, and has been key to their form which has kept them in the heart of the title race in Spain.

Manchester United have long been linked with making a move for the talented youngster, but their hopes of securing his services looked gone after it was confirmed that he'd successfully renegotiated his contract.

However the Red Devils were given hope today that they could still get their man after El Confidencial reported that the new deal was put in place to ensure Atletico get a bigger fee in the summer.

Koke's contract is said to have a £50 million release fee, and the paper say this is a common tactic used by Atletico to protect their most valuable assets.

They add that Manchester United remain at the front of the queue for the player, and that the deal could well go through at the end of the season.

Manchester United have come in for criticism for their approach to the transfer market since David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson; in the summer they missed out on a string of high-profile targets before paying £27.5 million for Everton Marouane Fellaini on deadline day.

Moyes is yet to make a signing in the January transfer window, and insists he is unlikely to be bringing any new faces to Old Trafford before the end of the month.

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