Manchester United are closing in on Real Madrid midfielder Xabi Alonso. The Daily Star says United held initial talks with Alonso, 32, in November over a potential move to Old Trafford next summer.

David Moyes is eager to add to his midfield options as he looks to fill the void left by United legend Paul Scholes.

A breakdown over a new Real deal has seen the contract shelved and reports in Spain suggest Madrid are '90 per cent' sure Alonso will not be at the club beyond the end of the current campaign.