Manchester United midfield target stalls on new contract - Could Moyes swoop?

Manchester United's pursuit of a central midfielder could be boosted by the news that Toni Kroos is stalling on a new deal at Bayern Munich.

The German international is one of a plethora of midfielders who have been linked with a move to Old Trafford recently, but the speculation intensified after United boss David Moyes travelled to Germany to watch Bayern Munich take on Borussia Monchengladbach.

As if that wasn't enough to signify some interest in the 24-year-old German international, Moyes was seen at the stadium with Kroos' agent Sascha Breese. Kroos played 87 minutes in that game, and is now reportedly stalling on a new contract with Pep Guardiola's side in order to keep his options open.

I can't rule out anything. No talks are planned in the near future. I am fully focused on the Rueckrunde [second part of the Bundesliga season] now.” said Kroos.

“There are worse situations in life. I play for a top club, and under a top coach. I am pleased, and sometime in the future a decision will be made.”

There is speculation that Kroos has made demands that his wages be increased if he is to stay at the Allianz Arena, with the midfielder looking for reassurances that he is a key member of the squad. Bayern also have Bastian Schweinsteiger, Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez, whilst Freiburg's Sebastian Rode is also on the way to Bavaria, giving Guardiola competition for places in the middle of the park – which has reportedly unsettled Kroos.

Meanwhile, United are in desperate need of midfielders, and Kroos would almost certainly be guaranteed of a starting role at Old Trafford, which could be the catalyst for a bid either this week before the transfer deadline or in the summer, but preferably before the World Cup, where Kroos could play a starring role for Joachim Loew's Germany in Sami Khedira's absence.

The new revelations from Kroos will give Moyes hope that a deal could be in the offing, and may even be a similar situation to Juan Mata's recent arrival at Manchester United, where Moyes admitted that he never believed he would be able to pull off his signature. The arrival of Kroos would be yet another coup for the club, as the Red Devils look to put a disappointing season behind them and turn their attention to rebuilding the squad after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson.

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