Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal is already planning a January bid for AS Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman, according to the Metro.
The Red Devils have been long-term admirers of the Dutch midfielder, with Sir Alex Ferguson interested in him, and then David Moyes also keen on signing him during his season at Old Trafford.
However, both managers failed to land the Roma midfielder, but the English club are strongly tipped to land him in January or next Summer, as Louis Van Gaal is keen to discuss a move with the Italian club and the player's officials.
Van Gaal and Strootman have a good working relationship due to them linking up with Netherlands for international duty, and the new United boss revealed in the Summer how frustrated he was that the midfielder had to miss the World Cup in Brazil.
The Netherlands international suffered a serious knee injury in March, resulting in him being removed from Van Gaal's initial World Cup squad, and the 24-year-old is still yet to return to action or full-time training.
According to reports in Italy, Strootman should be back in Autumn for Roma, and Van Gaal is keen to to monitor his recovery in within the next few months, as he decides whether to move in for him in January.
Van Gaal had a very busy summer after guiding Netherlands to the World Cup semi-final, he then arrived in Manchester and signed several players to help him create his own United squad.
Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel Di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao all joined Old Trafford this Summer, with over £100million being spent on strengthening the squad that finished 7th last season under Moyes.
Van Gaal will now spend the next few months accessing his new-look squad and also monitoring Strootman's road to recovery, with a formal bid expected to be launched in the new year was the January transfer market opens.