Manchester United are prepared to wait until the January transfer window before bringing Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman to Old Trafford, according to The Daily Star.
Reports have indicated that the Dutch international is new United boss Louis Van Gaal's priority transfer target, however it appears the club are ready to wait until he proves his fitness before taking a chance on him.
The midfield ace was ruled out of this summer's World Cup after suffering a knee injury last season, meaning the Red Devils are reluctant to hand the 24-year-old a £120,000-a-week deal at the Theatre of Dreams.
It remains to be seen as to whether Manchester United chiefs make a move for another central-midfielder this summer, with it seemingly unlikely that Strootman will join the club this year.
Strootman and Van Gaal
Strootman's box-to-box style and all-round quality in midfield has made him a favourite under Van Gaal in recent time.
The Roma man would have had a key role under the Manchester United boss at this World Cup had he not been ruled out of the competition through injury. In-fact, the Dutch coach had to change his side's system completely after the injury blow.
United fans will be desperate for a new midfield recruit to arrive in the near future, with the club in need of a commanding presence in the middle of the park.
The Red Devils have struggled in midfield in recent time. Under Moyes, United were unable to dictate play against their rivals, with the likes of Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini struggling for form.
Anderson, meanwhile, was shipped out on loan at Italian outfit Fiorentina, and it remains to be seen as to whether he has a future under the new regime.
United fans will certainly be hoping their midfielders improve ahead of the 2014/15 season, and will also be hoping the club land at least one midfielder in the summer.