Manchester United boss David Moyes has pulled off a recruiting coup.

The Daily Mail says Moyes has poached the Premier League's head of elite development to work as part of his coaching set-up at Old Trafford.

It is understood that United are currently discussing severance terms with the Premier League over the highly-rated John Murtough, the man who was partly responsible for bringing through a teenage Wayne Rooney during one of two stints working with United boss Moyes during his years at Everton.

It is not yet clear exactly what role Murtough will fill at Old Trafford but his CV - that includes two spells at Everton, four years at Fulham and a year at the Premier League - is crammed with experience of work developing top young stars.

United sources stressed last night that Murtough will not be any threat at all to established staff such as current academy director Brian McClair.

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