Manchester United keeper on way out with Turkish stopper linked?

Manchester United boss David Moyes is reportedly lining up a move or Turkish international goalkeeper Onur Kivrak, who currently plays for Trabzonspor.

The 25-year-old shot stopper has impressed alongside former Premier League stars Jose Bosingwa, Didier Zokora and Florent Malouda for the Turkish Super Lig side, and his displays have attracted the interest of the Old Trafford club.

With money to spend in the January transfer window, United will be targeting a number of players and Moyes is now looking to add another goalkeeper in the New Year, and Turkish international Kivrak is supposedly top of Moyes' wishlist. However, their interest in Kivrak will raise question marks over the future of current stoppers David De Gea and backup Anders Lindegaard.

Spaniard De Gea has gradually improved since his 2011 switch from Atletico Madrid, despite a tough start to life in the Premier League, and has now even been linked with a move to Barcelona as the Catalan club draw up a list of potential targets to replace Victor Valdes, who will leave the Camp Nou next summer. Whether De Gea would be open to a move back to Spain remains to be seen, but having started every single league game this season, it's clear that the 23-year-old is a key part of Moyes' plans.

The reality, of course, is quite different.

At just 32 – some eight years Ryan Giggs’ junior – the former England international has not played competitive football for quite some time. And any dwindling hopes that he could regain the fitness and form that saw him hailed as one of the country’s finest midfielders have long been filed in the draw marked ‘If only’.

In just his second season at Old Trafford, Hargreaves was struck down with the injury curse that would blight him for the rest of his career. And yet with every reported comeback, United fans hoped they would again see the man who played every one of the 120 minutes in the Champions League final triumph over Chelsea – a man for all seasons rather than a story in the book of regrets.

Perhaps his most telling ‘comeback’ was the one he made against Wolverhampton Wanderers in November 2010, the pleasure at his return swiftly quelled as he pulled up with a hamstring injury after just six minutes.

Hargreaves has since gone on record to say he should never have started that match. But he did, and it would prove to be the beginning of the end.

Hargreaves is long gone from Old Trafford, but the hopes of a once-great player making a dramatic return to the team remain at the English champions. For Owen Hargreaves, read Darren Fletcher.

Of course the two men’s situations are extremely different, and the Scottish midfielder’s battle with ulcerative colitis is a long and arduous one. But surely United fans will be hoping the Fletcher of old can one day return, just as they pinned their hopes on Hargreaves tearing around the centre of the pitch as he had so effectively in his debut season.

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