Having been spotted in Italy yesterday, the Manchester United manager reportedly told people he was "on holiday".
A whole host of players’ names were mentioned in gossip columns and message boards, most of which had been previously linked with a move to Old Trafford.
There were the usual if unlikely suspects such as Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba, along with the slightly more realistic options of Claudio Marchisio and Davide Astori. But according to Italian website Tuttosport, Moyes had another reason for spending a little time in Italy, and apparently it had nothing to do with work.
The report claims that at half-time, and facing an apparent onslaught of reporters, Moyes said he was in the country on holiday, and was not there to observe anyone in particular.
“Sardinia is beautiful even in winter,” the report concludes, “but not everyone believed him.”
Of course there is no telling if the manager was simply playing his cards to his chest or enjoying a break before the big games ahead.
But considering the importance of the second half of the season for the reigning Premier League champions, would Moyes really have opted for a winter break?
If a player or two who was on show yesterday ultimately finds his way to United, we will have our answer.
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