Manchester United's reported pursuit of Everton midfielder James McCarthy has come way too soon and should be ignored by the young star for the time being, according to former Red Devils skipper and current Republic of Ireland assistant Roy Keane.
McCarthy has appeared on United's radar after a terrific debut season at Goodison Park, shining under Roberto Martinez and helping Everton qualify for Europe with a series of accomplished displays.
Keane believes that talk of a move to Old Trafford for the 23-year-old needs to be ignored for the time being, just part of a transfer rumour mill that shows no sign of slowing down, as Van Gaal gears up to spend the best part of £150m to produce a dramatic improvement at the Theatre of Dreams next season.
The Irish assistant told the Daily Star: "He's only been at Everton two minutes. He's obviously making good progress, but I'm pretty sure there will be lots of speculation about lots of players going to United.
"But James is at a good club in Everton, he has had a decent couple of seasons and if he keeps progressing, who knows?
"But I'm sure he's pretty happy where he is."
Central midfield is clearly a top priority for the Red Devils this summer, with McCarthy joining a list of transfer targets which includes Kevin Strootman, Cesc Fabregas and Jordy Clasie.
Van Gaal has some massive decisions to make this summer, but if Keane has anything to do with it one of Ireland's top stars will not be making a big-money switch to United any time soon.