David Moyes is plotting a move for Manchester United attacking midfielder Adnan Januzaj, who is available on loan this summer. The newly appointed Sunderland manager is keen to make the Belgium international his first signing at the Stadium of Light.
The 21-year-old made his full United debut under Moyes during the Scot's failed tenure at Old Trafford in the 2013/14 season and he is keen to reunite with the versatile attacker. Januzaj will be seeking regular first-team football and he is unlikely to get it with the Red Devils under Jose Mourinho.
According to the Daily Mail, the Black Cats have yet again made an approach for the midfielder's services after failing with a move last summer when he moved to Borussia Dortmund. The Belgian endured a difficult time at the Signal Iduna Park making just six league appearances under Thomas Tuchel before returning to England in January. Januzaj made only two appearances in the Premier League under Louis van Gaal since his return from loan.
Mourinho does rate Januzaj as a player, but despite impressing during United's first pre-season game against Wigan Athletic earlier in the month, he is unlikely to be a regular starter under the Portuguese manager. The prospect of working with Moyes could be tempting for the attacker, who can play as a winger or in an attacking midfield role.
The former Everton boss, who was appointed less than 24 hours after Sam Allardyce quit the club to become the England manager, has indicated that fighting relegation is not the ambition of the club anymore. He is keen to build a team that can finish higher in the Premier League and Januzaj is likely to be the first step in achieving his target.
"We have a big club here we need to take forward. We need to make sure it isn't us celebrating staying up. That can't be the goal. It's not my goal, that's for sure," Moyes said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.