Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has refused to rule out a potential move for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, despite him being out of action with a long-term knee injury.
The Dutch international was picked by Van Gaal for his Netherlands World Cup squad, but after suffering a serious injury, he was ruled out of the tournament and is set to be sidelined until Autumn at least, which means he will be missing half of the season.
Despite the knowledge of Strootman's injury, the Manchester United boss is still keeping close tabs on the Roma midfielder and has admitted that he may make a formal move for him in the January transfer window once the players injury has had some time to heal and improve.
The 24-year-old only joined Roma last Summer from Dutch side PSV, and after making 24 appearances for the Serie A outfit, he became a crucial part of their squad, with Rudi Garcia becoming a big fan of his performances in the heart of his midfield.
However, Van Gaal has also been a long term admirer of Strootman's and has enjoyed working with him at international level, and is keen to reunite with him at Old Trafford.
New signings targeted
Van Gaal is not keen on the current crop of midfielders at United, with several of them set to depart this summer, and after already signing Ander Herrera from Athletico Bilbao, the Dutchman is keen to add more options.
Garcia has already confirmed that Strootman will 100% not be leaving the club this Summer, but whilst talking to reports in America during United's pre-season tour, Van Gaal admitted that he may renew his interest in the midfielder come January, once he's had time to assess his injury and also his recovery.
Van Gaal said: "I never usually say anything about individual players. It is my vision that we talk about a team and not individual players.
"But Strootman I can judge. He is injured for more than six months. We have to wait and see how he comes back. It is not easy to say how he comes back from injury, but we will wait and see."
Strootman cost Roma just shy of £14 million when they signed him from PSV Eindhoven, so the Italian side would want to make their money back on the deal and are reportedly keen on landing at least £20m for the midfielder.