Scholes on Shaw: For £34 million I'd want a 30-goal striker

The ex-Manchester Utd midfielder thinks that Luke Shaw is too costly and would rather his old club bought a prolific striker instead.

The 39-year-old feels Shaw is overpriced because he is a homegrown player and would rather see United spend that money on a top-class forward.

In his latest a Paddy Power blog he said: "The proposed £34m transfer for the 18-year-old Luke Shaw to Manchester United is another example of something which has a bad long-term impact," he said.

"For a left-back to be worth £34m shows how silly the game has gone. For that money I want a centre-forward who’s going to score 30 goals a season."

Man Utd have already had a bid of £27 million turned down by Southampton for Shaw but look set to increase their offer to £34 million.

The 39-year-old added he felt the influx of foreign players to the Premier League - labelling England's top flight as a 'cash cow'. He also feels the prices of young English talent is inflated which makes it harder for them to develop at clubs as they can get players of similar ability cheaper from abroad.

He continued: "'Clubs are priced out of this market which is why they go abroad for cheap options - they’re not better players."

Incoming United manager, Louis Van Gaal, has already begun rebuilding the squad for next season despite currently managing the Netherlands national team at the World Cup in Brazil. 

Antonio Valencia and Patrice Evra have extended their current deals and United have had another bid for Atletico Bilbao's Ander Herrera turned down as they look to address their problem in midfield. 

However Evra struggled last season and many feel United must strengthen in defence as well as attack if they're to challenge for top spot again. Shaw certainly fits the bill, he is an upcoming talent and could go on to become one of the best left-backs in Europe in a few years. 

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