Manchester United number one target's Instagram post gives hope to current club

Kevin Strootman has announced he is working hard to get back into action for AS Roma after seven months out with a knee injury.

Manchester United have already invested heavily in the club for the current season, but in January that is expected to continue with defensive and midfield reinforcements again a priority.

One name that continually gets linked with the club is that of Dutch international Kevin Strootman.

Louis van Gaal is a big fan of his countryman, who would have been at the World Cup this summer were it not for a terrible knee injury. Sir Alex Ferguson was also a big fan of the player in his time at the club - and he is reportedly the club's number one transfer target for the winter.

Strootman tore his anterior cruciate ligament in a game for Roma against Parma back in April and has not played since. But he is currently stepping up his recuperation, with the hope of returning to action in November at the earliest.

And he has now shared a message with his fans on Instagram, exclaiming:

"Working hard to come back in the pitch #Roma #StadioOlimpico."

11,500 people currently like the picture and the majority of those will be Roma fans. The message will give the Giallorossi faithful hope of holding on to their top talent throughout the winter despite his former national coach's leering.

Strootman has recently changed agents to work with Robin van Persie's adviser Kes Vos - who was reportedly told United must pay £60 million for the player - money they will not be spending on a recently recovered knee patient.

So this deal remains a mystery for the time being.

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