Five signings Moyes should avoid if he wants to succeed

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Manchester United boss David Moyes reportedly has £200m to spend over the coming months – with a number of players linked.

United will almost certainly not spend all of that money this month, but the revelation of such a huge budget suggest that those in charge at Old Trafford believe Moyes is still the long term answer despite a spate of disappointing results, particularly at home.

So many names have been linked with moves to United, from Koke of Atletico Madrid to Miralem Pjanic of Roma, and even more of Moyes' old players from Everton as Seamus Coleman and Ross Barkley's impressive seasons have caught the eye.

With so many talented players mentioned, it's key that Moyes uses that money effectively in order to turn the tide. Here are five players that United have been linked with that Moyes should avoid if he is to become a success at Old Trafford.

Andrea Ranocchia

United could certainly stand to add another centre back this month, with Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic both ageing and heading out of the door with their contracts expiring later this year. The club have been linked with a number of names, including Benfica's Ezequiel Garay, Porto's Eliaquim Mangala and Milan's Cristian Zapata, but seem to have a long-standing interest in Inter Milan's Andrea Ranocchia.

The 25 year old centre half promised much during his spells at Genoa and Bari, but has been wildly inconsistent at Inter, looking like a world beating defender one moment and committing a terrible error the next. Whilst some may take a risk on the potential, it'd be too dangerous for Moyes in his current state.

Leighton Baines

As much as Leighton Baines is a fantastic left back, it just isn't the right move for United. Baines has a great left foot and is a danger from set pieces and penalties but Everton are believed to want £25m for the England international, which is outrageous. Baines turned 29 in December, making him just three years younger than Patrice Evra. Evra is considered too old by many, but by the time United have rebuilt their squad, they could be facing the same issue at left back again. Real Madrid's Fabio Coentrao and Porto's Alex Sandro make much more sense economically and on the field, especially as the former is available this month.

Lucho Gonzalez

Gonzalez, who is about to turn 33 years old, was a target for Moyes whilst he was with Everton. The Argentine international was at his peak during his spell with Porto, and after an up and down spell with Marseille, Gonzalez returned to Porto. Yet, somehow, United have been linked with a move for Gonzalez, who is out of contract at the end of the season. Whilst he would offer a certain level of creativity and experience in the middle of the park, a team like United need to be aiming higher than the former River Plate man, who has never set the world alight in Europe outside of Portugal.

Wesley Sneijder

It's the transfer window, so that must mean Wesley Sneijder is being linked with Manchester United! These two have been dancing this dance for too long. It's not going to happen. The 29 year old is definitely a talented playmaker who dazzled for Inter Milan under Jose Mourinho, but where would he fit at Old Trafford? His best position is as an attacking midfielder, where he can break forward – but in United's usual 4-4-1-1 formation, Wayne Rooney plays behind the striker whilst they also have Shinji Kagawa there too. Adding Sneijder – and his huge wages – to the club would seem counter-productive, as they'd find a similar situation to Kagawa where they can't find a real place for him in the team without dropping Rooney.

Mirko Vucinic

Montenegro international Vucinic was reportedly the subject of a £13m bid from United in the summer, and speculation has continued throughout the season. But do United really need to fork out so much money for a striker who would, at best, be fifth choice striker? There may well be concerns over the health of Robin van Persie but Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck are more than serviceable options should be continue to struggle with injuries. The future of Wayne Rooney could force United into the transfer market, but not for a 30 year old striker who isn't a first choice option for Juventus. United may well look to bring in a forward at the end of the season, but spending £10m+ on Vucinic would be terrible business.

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