Will Moyes finally bring Adem Ljajic to Manchester United?

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Adem Ljajic has already 'signed' for Manchester United once. Could he do it for real this summer?

Manchester United supporters will remember the name Adem Ljajic. It was announced in early 2009 he would be signing for the club along with Zoran Tosic from Partizan Belgrade, and would join up in 2010.

Despite training with the club, by time the date for his arrival approached, United backed out of the deal citing work permit difficulties - but the rumours were that they had simply gone cold on the Serbian.

He ended up at Fiorentina, where he endured a tough couple of years struggling to fulfil his potential, but this season has blossomed into the star he was always touted as.

Still only 21-years-old, his future is a hot topic of discussion due to the fact he has just one year remaining on his Fiorentina contract.

He has had a truly outstanding season, scoring 11 goals including a final day hat-trick, and providing six assists. His overall contribution to the team in terms of production even betters Stevan Jovetic, two years his senior, and the subject of a £24 million bid from Arsenal.

The interesting question with regards to his development, rests with David Moyes - with it reported twice, firstly in 2011, and latterly this April - that Everton were interested in signing him.

Now with Moyes set to begin his tenure as United manager, could he finally use the funds at his disposal to get his man?

A transfer would be the realisation of a long-term goal for both parties, for Moyes to finally get the Serbian to work under him, and for Ljajic to fulfil his dream of playing at Old Trafford for United.

With one year left on his contract, a deal could be struck for relatively cheap, and it is likely United's scouts too are still monitoring the excellent progress of a player they almost secured a move for. 

Now a full international, and a fallout with his national coach put behind him, there is no danger of work permit issues striking again.

Ljajic is an attacking midfielder who can play centrally in attack, but his preferred position and one in which he has blossomed at Fiorentina is on the left of a front three in a 4-3-3 formation.

If he were to join United, he would be a far more natural fit on the left-hand side than Wayne Rooney or Shinji Kagawa, although David Moyes' tactical intentions are yet to be projected.

What he does present is outstanding value, versatility, and full of potential, while being a free-kick specialist too.

Any move in an already crowded area at the club may depend on whether Wayne Rooney is moved on, or Ashley Young or Nani.

But given Moyes' past interest in him and his likely availability of Fiorentina wishing to cash in before he walks away on a free next summer, don't rule out this intriguing move just yet.

Check out the highlights of Ljajic's season:

Could this move really happen?

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