Hope for Moyes as key target plays down Bayern rumours

Manchester United boss David Moyes will be buoyed by the news that Matthias Ginter has played down talk of a move to Bayern Munich.

The Red Devils were strongly linked with a move for the young Freiburg defender over the weekend after Moyes was spotted watching him play against Hertha Berlin on Friday night, but United are expected to have competition for the signature of the 20-year-old, who made his Germany debut yesterday as Joachim Loew's side saw off Chile 1-0.

Moyes will be in dire need centre backs this summer with Nemanja Vidic on his way to Inter Milan and long-term defensive partner Rio Ferdinand also set for the Old Trafford exit door, and targeting a youngster like Ginter appears to be high on Moyes' list of priorities, particularly with Chris Smalling, Jonny Evans and Phil Jones failing to nail down a consistent spot in the team.

And the former Everton boss can take hope from Ginter's comments today suggesting that he simply wants to play for a big club - not necessarily Bayern Munich, where it seems most promising young German players move, though title rivals Borussia Dortmund have also been linked with a move for Ginter.

"I am unable to publicly discuss negotiations, this should remain behind closed doors," the centre-half said. "It's definitely good to know great clubs are interested in my services. It's an honour to see clubs like this being keen. It's my goal to play for a big club one day in the future. This is no secret. It doesn't need to be Bayern Munich. Still, to play for a big club is the dream of every football player."

Moyes will still need to move quickly in the summer if he is intent on signing Ginter, as the prospect of playing for Bayern - who are still considered one of the favourites for the Champions League yet again - could be too much for Ginter to turn down, regardless of United's interest.

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