Manchester United told to up £4m bid for World Cup right back - does van Gaal trust him?

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Manchester United have reportedly been told to increase their initial £4m bid to sign Feyenoord right back Daryl Janmaat.

United have already taken steps to try and improve their squad by snapping up Southampton left back Luke Shaw and Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera for a combined fee of nearly £60m as new manager Louis van Gaal looks to drag United away from the dismal doldrums of the David Moyes era.

Now United are expected to sign more attacking players, but it seems that van Gaal could also look to bring in a new right back as he has once again been linked with a move to sign Janmaat. The 24-year-old is in the Netherlands World Cup squad, which is of course managed by van Gaal.

Janmaat is just yet another of the Dutch players linked with a reunion with van Gaal after the World Cup, joining Stefan de Vrij, Daley Blind, Nigel de Jong, Jordy Clasie, Arjen Robben and Memphis Depay in behind suggested as potential targets for van Gaal upon his arrival at Old Trafford.

Yet according to speculation, Eredivisie side Feyenoord have reportedly told United to increase their bid from an initial £4m to £7m, as Brazilian Rafael certainly needs competition at right back. Phil Jones and Chris Smalling filled in on occasion last season, but adding another right back could be a priority for van Gaal this summer.

Whilst some of those aforementioned Dutch players make sense as United targets - particularly de Vrij, de Jong and Depay - the move for Janmaat seems somewhat confusing.

Janmaat - also wanted by Newcastle as the Magpies will look to replace Arsenal-based Mathieu Debuchy - was recently dropped by van Gaal for the World Cup in favour of Augsburg's Paul Verhaegh and then former Liverpool forward Dirk Kuyt at right wing back.

"Janmaat has done great, but we must improve our game in possession. We've decided that together," said van Gaal.

Given that van Gaal isn't counting upon Janmaat on the world's biggest stage, would he really depend on him in the Premier League? Before the tournament, Janmaat had a superb season and look like a sensible target, but van Gaal's open admission about his qualities make it seem that he doesn't believe he's worth £7m - if he ever made a bid in the first place.

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