Dirk Kuyt emerges as surprise Manchester United transfer target

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Manchester United are considering a shock move for Fenerbahce striker Dirk Kuyt. The former Liverpool star is the latest in a long list of Dutch players being linked with a move to Old Trafford this summer, following the recent appointment of Holland head coach Louis van Gaal as the new Red Devils manager.

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The 33-year-old is by far the most surprising name to be mentioned for a possible transfer, not least because of his Merseyside connections having enjoyed six years at Anfield.

Liverpool links

Kuyt first signed for Liverpool from Feyenoord in a £10 million deal in 2006, where he was converted by former Reds boss Rafa Benitez from an out-and-out striker to hardworking forward.

According to the Daily Mail, Van Gaal is understood to admire the former Liverpool man's attitude and tireless work ethic, and feels there is a place for the versatile veteran in his Manchester United squad next season.

Time in Turkey

Kuyt's two-year stint in the Super Lig in Turkey has not seemed to have any negative impact on his ability, still making the Netherlands' 23-man squad for the World Cup in Brazil this summer.

The Dutch have cruised into the knockout stage of the tournament - winning all three of their games to finish top of Group B - setting up a last 16 encounter against Mexico in Fortaleza on Sunday.

World Cup impact

Kuyt has so far been utilised sparingly by Van Gaal, but did impress in a left-wing-back position during Holland's 2-0 victory over Chile last week.

He is unlikely to be handed a starting spot against the Mexicans, but don't rule out seeing him introduced from the bench in the latter stages of the match.

Either way, Red Devils fans will be watching on with interest following rumours of an alleged move for the ex-Liverpool man, who could follow in the footsteps of Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw by joining Manchester United this summer.

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