David Moyes pictured at Bundesliga match chatting with agent of German attacking pair

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David Moyes has been traveling a lot lately, taking in a lot of matches with the intent of scouting particular talent.

Today he traveled to Germany and has given legs to a pair of possible moves that would make sense in the fight to save Manchester United’s season.

On a trip to the Borussia Monchengladbach vs. Bayern Munich match today, Moyes was spotted with a key individual who could provide a clue into his desires.

The Manchester United boss was seen chatting with SportsTotal agent Sascha Breese.

Here’s why that’s important: SportsTotal represents a number of interesting individuals, including Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos and Borussia Dortmund attacker Marco Reus, and according to Bild Breese is owner Volker Struth’s right-hand-man.

The most interesting of those is Kroos, who is out of a contract next summer and reports say his talks with Bayern on an extension have stalled.

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Manchester United manager David Moyes chats with SportsTotal representative Sascha Breese at a Bundesliga match today featuring Bayern Munich.

The 24-year-old has featured in every one of Bayern’s Bundesliga matches thus far, of which the club is unbeaten, and he’s been essential in build-up play. Despite just a single goal and three assists to his name, Kroos has fashioned a 92% pass completion rate and completed 23-of-27 take-ons in his 17 Bundesliga matches this year.

With Juan Mata already in at Old Trafford for a reported £37 million ($61 million) transfer fee, it would be interesting to see exactly where Moyes would plan to fit Kroos in – something I’m sure he discussed with Breese.

The situation of the other intriguing name, Marco Reus, is a bit more clear.  With Ashley Young struggling on the left wing and Moyes insisting on playing Adnan Januzaj in the middle rather than on the flank (where he is arguably much better), Reus could provide an option on the touchline.

The 24-year-old Dortmund winger is having an outstanding season at Westfalenstadion, scoring eight goals and assisting five more, while adding two goals and three assists in the Champions League.

With Dusseldorf – the site of the match Moyes took in today – just 60 miles down the road from Dortmund, it’s possible we could see the United boss at Westfalenstadion tomorrow when Borussia Dortmund play FC Augsburg.  If so, it’s pretty clear who he’s watching.

Also represented by SportsTotal are Bayern’s Mario Gotze, Fulham left-back Sascha Riether, Schalke center-back Benedikt Höwedes, and Hoffenheim striker Eren Derdiyok among others.

At long last, Butland returns to full training with Stoke

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Stoke City’s long-coming goalkeeping dilemma will come to a head soon, as Jack Butland is back in training.

A year ago today, the Potters confirmed that star backstop Butland would miss EURO 2016 with a broken ankle. He’d need multiple surgeries as recovery dragged on and on.

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That was more palatable thanks to the play of Lee Grant, who arrived on loan from Derby County but became a permanent Potter in January. Grant has been a key part of Stoke’s season.

Butland is contracted to Stoke through 2021, and he’ll ascend to the starting gig sooner rather than later. But Grant is in the catbird seat for now, and at least will have made himself attractive to other clubs seeking a keeper.

Report: Everton linked with $4 million swoop for Canada’s Larin

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The Sun only hits on a few of the many transfer rumors it tosses around, but this one bears a second look for fans of Everton, MLS, and Canada.

Everton is already eyeing replacements for Romelu Lukaku, according to the report, and is hunting for a bargain in Canadian national teamer Cyle Larin.

Larin, 21, was the first overall pick in the 2015 MLS SuperDraft by Orlando City SC after an electric career at UConn.

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He’s since scored 35 goals in 63 matches for the Lions, picking up three in his first two matches of the 2017 season. The 6-foot-1 Ontario native has five goals for Canada in 19 caps.

The Sun says Larin would cost close to $4 million, a fraction of what the Toffees will get if they sell Lukaku.

Fan dies after falling off football stadium in Brazil

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SAO PAULO (AP) A Brazilian football fan has died after falling 25 meters from the top of Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo onto a parking lot.

The height is equivalent to an eight-story building.

Bruno Pereira da Silva, aged 23, suffered head injuries and died upon arrival at a local hospital on Sunday.

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He and other fans were attempting to jump to a section of the stadium where they could get a better view of the Sao Paulo state championship match between Sao Paulo and archrival Corinthians. The game ended 1-1.

Friends of da Silva told Brazilian media Silva was attending his first football match.

CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers: CRC, Honduras get off the mat

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The two traditional CONCACAF powers are riding high following Friday’s round of World Cup qualifiers, while the two other sides to qualify for Brazil 2014 are licking their wounds.

Honduras and Costa Rica both found themselves on the wrong side of shutout losses to the United States and Mexico, while Trinidad and Tobago injected itself into the discussion with a home win over Panama.

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What’s cooking for Tuesday? Read on:

Honduras vs. Costa Rica — 5 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Two sides which love to play physical, on-the-edge soccer meet on the heels of Friday losses. Expect Jorge Luis Pinto’s Catrachos to adapt after a 6-0 beatdown at the hands of the U.S., but they’ll have to do much, much better at home.

The dates at Estadio Morazan have to be the key for Honduras to climb into the Top Three, and it’ll be buoyed by memories of its 3-1 win over T&T two rounds ago. As for Costa Rica, Los Ticos aim to respond from conceding their first two goals of the Hex.

Trinidad and Tobago vs. Mexico — 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Kevin Molino’s strike gave T&T its first three points of qualifying, but its odds of getting a result against visiting Mexico aren’t nearly as good. The Soca Warriors desperation will be easy to see, as June’s qualifiers include trips to the U.S. and Costa Rica.

El Tri now has wins in two of its trickier Hex matches after adding Friday’s 2-0 win over Costa Rica to its upset of the Yanks in Columbus. Ten points through four matches would be exemplary; A draw or loss leaves the door open for Costa Rica to summit the Hex table.

United States vs. Panama — 10:05 p.m. EDT Tuesday

Read our extensive preview here, but the upshot is this: The United States can rise into the Top Three by beating Panama, while Los Canaleros will be happy to scoop a draw to stem any bleeding cause by Molino and T&T.