Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United DID Mount a Last-Ditch Bid for Ozil

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

United DID Mount a Last-Ditch Bid for Ozil

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UNITED failed in a lastminute bid to hi-jack Arsenal's deal for midfield maestro Mesut Ozil.

The German international (right) moved to the Gunners from Real Madrid for a club-record Pounds 42.4m fee on deadline day.

United admitted that they were interested in the 24-year-old playmaker, who has got off to a flying start at the Emirates, earlier in the summer.

But M.E.N. Sport has learned the Reds attempted to contact Ozil's agent hours before he completed the move only to be told he had already made his mind up.

United." have denied this was the case but a source close to both sides said: "United made a call. Kenny Moyes, David's brother who is an agent, was trying desperately to get hold of Ozil's agent. I think that by the time they managed it it was too late."

" The news is unlikely to improve fans'perceptions that the Reds, hampered by the July 1 arrival of the new manager, had a transfer window to forget.

They had been linked with a number of names but emerged with only the Pounds 27m signature of Marouane Fellaini to show for their considerable efforts. …

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