According to talkSPORT, Kevin Strootman could be one step closer to a move to Old Trafford after his agent added fuel to the speculation fire.

Said Chiel Dekker:

"My client could leave in January? Absolutely not. There's nothing in that," he told Calciomercato in Italy.

"We are only in October - the only thing I can say is to call me back in May."

Manchester United's purported interest in Strootman is long-standing, so continued rumors regarding the transfer point to a degree of validity.

Teams such as Everton and Braga have highlighted the Red Devils' weakness in the form of a dearth of physicality in the centre of the park. Michael Carrick and Darren Fletcher are fine holding midfielders, but lack the presence to stop their companions being overrun.

Strootman is a solid defensive midfielder who can pick a pass without shirking his defensive duties. He's more of a deep-lying playmaker than an out-and-out destroyer, but he uses his size and strength better than anyone United currently have on the books.

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