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Manchester United have been told unequivocally that Luke Shaw is not for sale as the club look for alternative targets to Leighton Baines.
United are yet to sign a senior player in the current transfer window despite having been very public in their bidding, having so far had offers rejected for Cesc Fabregas, Baines and Marouane Fellaini.
Reports are claiming that Fellaini will likely still join United and be reunited with David Moyes, but it's believed the manager is looking elsewhere for defensive back-up as Alexander Buttner considers an exit from the club.
ESPN believe that Moyes had sounded out Southampton over the possibility of purchasing Shaw, who has spent his entire career with the south coast club and only recently broke into the first team, but the side have been very clear in the fact that they want to keep their best players next season and aren't interested in discussing a price.
United haven't been able to even show concrete interest in the 18 year old, as the Saints continue to insist they are very ambitious about the season ahead and plan on moving into contention for European football.
The side have so far spent £40m on transfers this summer, bringing Dejan Lovren, Victor Wanyama and Pablo Osvaldo to St Mary's. While Saints have been particularly successful in their summer dealings, for United it has been much the opposite, with Moyes failing to get any of the targets he had set at the beginning of the window.
The manager continues to insist that some signings will come into the fold before deadline day, but so far they have continued to hit a brick wall over bringing desired targets to Old Trafford; something that fans are certainly not used to witnessing.