AS Roma have set their sights on Tottenham Hotspur duo Paulinho and Sandro as possible replacements for Manchester United target Kevin Strootman this summer.
The Daily Express reports how the Holland international has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, after suffering a knee ligament injury in last week's friendly with France.
Strootman completed the match and was also named in Roma's starting XI for Sunday's Serie 'A' clash against Napoli, but broke down in the 12th minute and was forced to leave the field on a stretcher.
The 24-year-old is now expected to be sidelined for nine months, and will not only miss out on the possibility of a switch to Manchester United, but also a place at the World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Red Devils boss David Moyes has been credited with an interest in bringing Strootman to Old Trafford when the transfer window reopens, but he'll now almost certainly be forced to consider alternative options.
Meanwhile, Roma boss Rudi Garcia has identified Spurs' Brazilian duo for a move to Stadio Olimpico, and hope to utilise their relationship with former sporting director Franco Baldini, who left Italy to take up a role at White Hart Lane last summer.
Sandro has made 20 appearances for Tim Sherwood's side this season, but has struggled with injury himself in 2013/14, while Paulinho arrived in north London just nine months ago from Corinthians and has enjoyed a solid debut campaign in the Premier League.
However, according to reports Roma are confident of signing both Tottenham players amid growing fears about Strootman's long-term future.
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