Moyes keen on Italian star Candreva as Neville joins backroom staff

They used to be deadly rivals whilst in charge of Everton and Liverpool and now it seems that David Moyes and Rafa Benitez could be set to go head to head again.

The Manchester United and Napoli managers are on a collision course once more with the pair keen on a move for Italian star Antonio Candreva.

The 26 year old was one of the stars of the Italian side that reached the semi final of the confederations cup with his impressive showing coming on the back of a fine season with Lazio.

The attacking midfielder is currently on the books of Udinese but spent last season with the Roman side. The Coppa Italian winners have the option to buy him this summer but according to Gazzetta dello Sport Manchester United and Napoli are set to enter the fray for the player.

The 11 times capped midfielder began his career with Ternana before joining Udinese in 2007. He struggled to make an impact with his new club and spent time on loan with Livorno, Juventus, Parma and Cesena before moving to Lazio in 2012.

The season-long deal proved to be astute move with the player enjoying his most impressive season to date scoring 7 goals and providing 7 assists in 48 games.

Manchester City and Tottenham are also keeping tabs on the player while AC Milan and German side Borussia Dortmund could also make a move.

Manchester United meanwhile looks set to finalise their back room staff with Phil Neville set to be named as the club’s new first team coach.

The former United and Everton defender retired from football at the end of last season and had been linked with a number of high profile coaching and media roles.

However the player was pictured this morning arriving at United training ground and taking part in Moyes first training session with his new club.

Neville would become the fifth former Everton man to link up with Moyes at United following the appointments of Chris Woods, Steve Round, Jimmy Lumsden and Robbie Cooke.

Neville, who spent 10 years at Old Trafford making over 250 appearances and winning 6 Premier League titles, 3 FA cups and a Champions League medal, has starting doing his coaching badges and already holds the UEFA B License. He was part of Stuart Pearce’s back room staff for the Under 21 European Championship.

Trevor Keane is an Irish based sports writer and the author of Gaffers, 50 years of Irish Managers and Running through Walls, the Dave Langan Story.