Report: Manchester United nearly signed Arda Turan

Manchester United narrowly failed in a late attempt to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan, according to a report.

Manchester United reportedly failed in a late attempt to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Arda Turan during the recently-closed summer transfer window.

After missing out on top targets Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, Red Devils boss David Moyes is believed to have sanctioned a bid for Turan, who has been capped 65 times by Turkey at senior international level.

Turkish newspaper AMK claims that United met the 26-year-old's £20m buyout clause but were unable to complete a deal due to complications with the necessary paperwork.

Agent Ahmet Bulut stated last month that a summer move to England was "likely" for Turan, who had also been linked with interest from Arsenal and Liverpool.

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Manchester United's Scottish manager David Moyes reacts during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Manchester United at the Anfield stadium in Liverpool, northwest England, on September 1, 2013
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