Ajax defender Daley Blind has been spotted house-hunting in north-west England ahead of his proposed £15 million transfer to Manchester United. The Netherlands international is expected to sign for the Red Devils in the coming days.
News of Daley's house-hunting antics has been brought to our attention by the Metro, who cite the London Evening Standard. The 24-year-old, all going to plan, will become United's third major summer signing following the acquisitions of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera.
Luke Shaw injured
An untimely hamstring injury to Shaw means United boss Louis van Gaal is desperate to secure Blind's signature as soon as possible - although it's highly unlikely the player will be registered in time to feature in Manchester United's Premier League opener against Swansea City on Saturday lunchtime.
England international Shaw has been ruled out of action for the next four weeks, leaving Van Gaal without a recognised left-sided wing-back.
Ashley Young, however, has performed well in that role during pre-season; while 20-year-old Reece James - who also shone on the club's tour of the United States - could get the nod against the Swans this weekend if Young is required to cover for the injured Antonio Valencia on the opposite flank.
Fortunately for Van Gaal, United have been handed a reasonably kind start to the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, so the veteran Dutch coach has time to bring in his top targets ahead of the club's more testing fixtures.
Blind: Versatile and perfect for Van Gaal
Blind's impressive versatility makes him an ideal signing for Van Gaal, while the duo know each other well from their time working together with the Netherlands national team.
The 2014 Dutch Footballer of the Year is capable of playing at left wing-back, left-back, centre-back and defensive midfield - which is why Barcelona were so keen to sign him earlier this summer before eventually settling on Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen instead.
Watch: Daley Blind in action
United have also been strongly linked to Argentina international Marcos Rojo, who is reportedly desperate to join the Red Devils after demanding to leave current club Sporting Lisbon.
It's believed that Van Gaal is determined to sign both Blind and Rojo. The duo would significantly bolster United's defensive options heading into a pivotal season for the Premier League giants.
Failure to qualify for the Champions League for a second consecutive season could cost the club dear, so Van Gaal - who is believed to be disappointed at the lack of new arrivals at Old Trafford this summer - knows that adding to his squad before the summer transfer window closes on September 1 is critical.