Everton midfielder James McCarthy has refused to rule out a summer transfer to Manchester United, reports The Express.
The report has suggested that McCarthy, who played a key role under Roberto Martinez at Everton in the 2013/14 Premier League season, has been linked to a number of Premier League clubs, including United, Arsenal and Tottenham.
The same report has suggested that ex-United boss David Moyes was interested in bringing the midfield ace to Old Trafford in last summer's transfer window, however it now appears that Van Gaal is also interested in the player's services.
McCarthy, meanwhile, is certainly flattered by the interest shown in him, and has also revealed that he was close to signing for Tottenham one year ago.
Speaking to reporters, the midfield ace said: "If a club like Manchester United are interested, obviously you are doing a good job.
"We will see what happens."
"Tottenham didn’t come up with the money but Everton did within the last couple of hours.
"Obviously it was just one of those things with Tottenham."
Manchester United midfield
Manchester United are certainly in need of added competition in the middle of the park ahead of the new season. Dutch coach Van Gaal has already completed the signing of Spanish ace Ander Herrera, but he may need to further add to the department before next month's big kick-off.
The midfielders at Old Trafford all struggled to find form throughout the David Moyes era last term. The likes of Marouane Fellaini, Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher failed to impress, as the Red Devils slumped to seventh place in the Premier League.
And, after the recent loss of Michael Carrick through injury, Van Gaal may now be on the lookout to further improve his midfield in the coming weeks. It remains to be seen as to whether the United boss will step up interest in the highly rated Everton star, but he could still face competition from the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham.
Arsenal fans will still be hoping the club land another player in this transfer window, with the club having splashed out so far in this market. The likes of Alexis Sanchez and Co. have all joined the Emirates outfit, but the club have yet to land a new central-midfielder.
McCarthy would certainly give the Gunners another option in the middle of the park, as the club embark upon a title challenge in 2014/15. Spurs, meanwhile, have been slow starters in this market following the appointment of new head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The new Tottenham boss may well be on the lookout for new additions, as he looks to take the White Hart Lane outfit to the next level next term.