Stefan de Vrij among names on Van Gaal's Manchester United wish-list

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Liverpool and Manchester United are interested in signing Feyenoord's highly-rated centre-back Stefan de Vrij, according to the Daily Star.

Both Liverpool and Manchester United will be dipping into the transfer market to sign at least one centre-back in the summer.

Incoming Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will have to replace the outgoing pair of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic in the coming months - while Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has identified his defensive options as a major weakness in his side.

Van Gaal clearly rates De Vrij highly as he decided to name the defender in his provisional World Cup squad.

The 62-year-old may have a good chance of enticing De Vrij to Old Trafford ahead of Rodgers due to his close working relationship with the player who was dubbed 'the next Jaap Stam' during his younger years.

Tottenham could also make a move for Liverpool and Manchester United target De Vrij if his fellow countryman Frank de Boer takes over the reins at White Hart Lane.

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