Moyes lines up former Manchester City flop to replace Vidic

In a shock move, Manchester United have been linked with a move for former Manchester City flop Stefan Savic.

Red Devils boss David Moyes will be looking for defensive reinforcements this summer with experienced duo Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic set to leave the club, and a number of names have been linked with moves to Old Trafford at the end of the season, including Eliaquim Mangala of Porto and Dante's Bayern Munich, but a new name has been suggested in the Italian press today.

Stefan Savic, who endured a torrid season at Manchester City after arriving at the club from Partizan Belgrade in 2011, has managed to rebuild career and subsequently his reputation since he was sent to Fiorentina as part of the deal that saw Matija Nastastic head to the Etihad Stadium.

Often derided for his mistakes whilst with with City, Savic was regularly made the scapegoat until his departure, but the 23-year-old has proven why Roberto Mancini brought him to City in the first place with some fine displays for Fiorentina in Serie A, becoming a key player in Vincenzo Montella's side, displaying strength and aerial ability.

But despite his impressive performances in Italy, it would be a huge risk to bring the Montenegro international after his below-part displays in the Premier League before. He may be seen as a good replacement for Vidic after rebuilding his career, but Moyes must be aware that Savic was incredibly poor in his previous spell in England.

Another good season in Italy could be enough proof that Savic has turned the corner and developed as a player, but for now it still feels like too much of a risk to rely on a player who was mocked for his displays in England, particularly when he would be replacing such a huge figure in Vidic, though it's encouraging to see that Moyes is casting his net wide in a search for talent, especially having been linked with another promising young player.

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