Friday, 30 January 2015

Van Gaal rules out January signings but Fletcher set for West Ham move

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher is undergoing a medical ahead of a proposed move to Premier League rivals West Ham.

United boss Louis van Gaal had already revealed that the 31-year old Scottish international midfielder, was in talks with the Hammers.

He is now in West Ham, so we have to wait and see” said van Gaal on Friday
“He is my third captain so he is an important player not only in the dressing room, but also in the past for Manchester United I believe.”

I like him as a player and a human being, so we will miss him”.

Fletcher has only made five starts under van Gaal this season.

He hasn't played so many times and that is always the main goal of a player.
“We have talked about this and he preferred to leave.”

“We have helped him to go away, it is a loss and for the club that buys him- it is another player with a lot of quality- as a midfielder but also as a captain and a very experienced player.

“We have many experienced players in the same role here at Manchester United, so that is the problem.”

Should Fletcher's transfer to Upton Park go as expected, a quirk of the fixture list could see him line-up for his new side against his old one when the Reds travel to east London next Sunday (8th February).

Meanwhile, van Gaal says that United will not invest in new players during the remainder of the January transfer window.

The Reds signed Victor Valdes on 8 January and have, as ever, been linked with a number of fresh faces all month, but the boss advised fans not to expect any further arrivals before the deadline at 23.00GMT on Monday.


Asked for his thoughts on the January transfer window, van Gaal added: “I don't think its favourable for the league because it's a little bit unfair I think.
“You start a league and then you change your team- the richer clubs can do that and it's not fair on the other smaller clubs.
“But that's the rule and you can take benefit of it. We are doing nothing- that I have already said- but I read every day that I or Manchester United are interested in other players.
“This is not true- we only have Victor Valdes (as a January signing).
“We gave him a chance- at this moment we are only selling players, not buying them.”

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