Manchester United to spend big in January after being beaten by Arsenal to Ozil (and Spurs tried to block the move)

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MANCHESTER United will spend big in January in a bid to restore their crumbling reputation as major players in the transfer market, it is reported today.

David Moyes will bid again for Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera and Everton defender Leighton Baines, according to the Daily Mail.

United failed in a bid to sign Netherlands midfielder Wesley Sneijder, according to his Turkish club Galatasaray. (Metro)

A phone call from the multi-lingual Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger convinced attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil to move to the Emirates from Real Madrid. (Daily Telegraph)

The move went ahead even though Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy called Real president Florentino Perez in a bid to stop him selling Ozil to Arsenal. (Daily Express)

Manchester United also made a last-gasp attempt to pip the Gunners to the signing of the German midfielder. (Daily Mirror)

Arsene Wenger might have got Ozil, but was left frustrated after Chelsea blocked his proposed loan move for striker Demba Ba. (Daily Mail)

Hull City manager Steve Bruce is furious with West Bromwich Albion after his £5m move for striker Shane Long was scrapped 70 minutes before the transfer deadline. (Telegraph)

Leeds boss Brian McDermott is ready to make a move for Birmingham winger Chris Burke when the loan window opens on Sunday. (Daily Star)