Man United receive boost in pursuit of AS Roma's Kevin Strootman

According to latest reports from Holland, AS Roma's Kevin Strootman is readying himself for a winter move to the Premier League with Manchester United.

The Dutch international has supposedly undertaken a change in legal representation, ditching his former agent Chiel Dekker, to join the Sports Entertainment Group - those responsible for Robin Van Persie's transfer from Arsenal to Old Trafford back in 2012. 

There are concerns that Louis Van Gaal's current squad still needs strengthening in defence and midfield and Strootman has already been lined up as a £25m target in January. With the club lacking a combative holding-midfield player, the 24-year-old is seen as the ideal solution.

The Man United manager is known to be an admirer of the Roma star's talents, after all, he played an integral role in the 63-year-old's Netherlands team during his time in charge. In fact, had it not been for his injury, we may not have seen the 3-5-2 formation that his side thrived under in Brazil.

After experiencing a long lay-off last season, Strootman is approaching the final stages of his recovery. He is expected to make his long-awaited comeback next month, with the Old Trafford coaching staff ready to monitor his progress. 

Although he missed a large chunk of the campaign, his statistics are truly impressive. 

He played 25 games, creating 47 chances - recording six assists - and completed 88% of his attempted passes. He also won 55 tackles, while averaging three defensive actions per match.

Fresh reports will give the Old Trafford faithful a glimmer of hope in the chase for his signature. With Strootman seemingly readying himself for a move, he could well be a Manchester United player before the end of the season.

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