Seamus Coleman

Manchester United are closing in on a deal with Everton for right-back Seamus Coleman in the summer, according to the Mirror.

The report states that the Red Devils already have an agreement in place with the Toffees for his signature and have agreed to pay up to £15m for his services. The player will come in as a replacement for Rafael, who has been largely underwhelming this season.

The Brazilian conceded a penalty in United's last league game against Liverpool and was lucky not to be sent off for repeatedly fouling the Liverpool players while on a yellow card.

Coleman, on the other hand, has been a revelation this season and has notched six goals and one assist in 27 league appearances.

The player, who was bought by Moyes for a mere £60,000 from Irish side Sligo Rovers, has lived up to his former manager's faith in him and realised his potential this season.

The 25-year-old has etched his name among the best right-backs in the country and his arrival is likely to improve United's defence leaps and bounds.

The Irishman will be the second player to leave Merseyside for Manchester should the deal go through, with Marouane Fellaini the first to follow his manager to Old Trafford.

Moyes was also interested in Leighton Baines and Ross Barkley but the England left-back has extended his contract with Everton and is unlikely to re-unite with his former manager next summer.

Meanwhile, Barkley has all but confirmed his stay by taking a dig at Moyes, where he described his current manager Robert Martinez as more tactically astute than the Scotsman.

"Roberto Martínez has come in and given everyone confidence. He's a positive man and doesn't say anything negative," Barkley said.

"He's similar to David Moyes as they both like to take over the training session and be the main man, but Martínez is more tactical. We do a lot more tactical work which is good for me because I'm young and still learning," he added.