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Man Utd chief Murtough: No secret we're searching for a centre-forward


Manchester United technical chief John Murtough has played down claims of a big spending January.

Speaking to a fans' forum last month, Murtough gave an update on transfer plans but raised the spectre of Financial Fair Play as one reason why United were looking at a loan signing for a striker this month.

The club went over their initial transfer budget in the summer when they spent £225million on new players, including a £70m deal for Casemiro and an £85.5m move for Antony in the final couple of weeks of the window.

Speaking to supporters, Murtough insisted signings wouldn't be made "for the sake" of it and raised the issue of FFP after the summer transfer window.

"As always, the main focus remains on the summer window, and we're already well underway with our planning for next summer," said Murtough.

"January is a difficult time to find players that teams are willing to let go. It's no secret that we're looking for a new centre-forward.

"We'll see what's possible in January but, as Erik told the media in Spain last week [on the mid-season tour], we only want to bring in players who are good enough, and who will make the squad stronger. We're not going to sign players for the sake of making signings.

"You also need to remember that we invested over £200m in the squad last summer and, as a club, we need to remain financially disciplined and compliant with FFP rules. So, while we will be exploring options, I don't expect it to be a busy January window on the men's side."

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