Kevin Strootman Close to Joining Manchester United

on June 20 2013 4:35 AM
Kevin Strootman Close to Joining Manchester United

According to the latest transfer rumors, Manchester United are making substantial progressions in their pursuit of Netherlands international Kevin Strootman.

Although Strootman has a contract with Dutch club PSV till 2016, the player's agent has indicated the desire of his client to move to a bigger club and possibly, the illustrious English Premier League in the summer.

"He (Strootman) is focused on England because that would suit his style," Strootman's agent Chiel Dekker said.

The latter further added, "He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it. I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level."

Strootman impressed United's chief scout Jim Lawlor at the recently held U-21 European Championship and the Red Devils are expected to complete the signing of the 23-year-old for a reported sum of £15 million in the next couple of weeks.

Strootman will bring about the much-needed defensive stability to United's midfield and also act as a crucial facilitator to the evergreen Michael Carrick.

With the fixture list for the 2013/14 domestic season doing no favors to David Moyes, the Scot needs to act fast in the transfer market.

The Red Devils face Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea in the first five gameweeks, and hence, squad depth needs improvement.

Apart from a box-to-box midfielder like Strootman, Moyes could also do well by signing a creative midfielder like Thiago Alcantara and an archetypal winger who suit the club's play.

Moyes can forget about fantasy signings like Gareth Bale and Cristiano Ronaldo and instead, focus on capturing the more viable targets.