The group of Manchester United supporters are looking rather depressed in the Football Transfer Tavern this evening.
Another home defeat, this times at the hands of Newcastle United, has left them 13 points off league leaders Arsenal and more worryingly seven away from fourth place and qualification to the prestigious Champions League.
Something must change at Old Trafford and David Moyes will be hoping that the upcoming transfer window could be his saviour after his abject start at Old Trafford.
Today’s copy of The Mirror reports that Moyes is planning to move for Roma playmaker Kevin Strootman in a massive £30 million deal.
The Red Devils actually only missed out on signing the Dutch international in the summer as he left PSV Eindhoven for Serie A in a £17 million move, but if today’s reports are to believed United could now make amends by biding £30 million in January.
The paper even suggests that Phil Neville attended Holland’s recent international friendly with Colombia to keep personal tabs on the 23-year-old.
Now United could be ready to formalise their interest in the midfield star with encouragement being offered by former PSV boss Dick Advocaat, who thinks a move to Old Trafford in inevitable.
“Strootman is a pure professional but I do not think he will stay at Roma that long,” said Advocaat. “And then it will be a team of the calibre of United who will get him.”
Failing to qualify for the Champions League is almost unthinkable for United given the financial implications that it brings and the Glazers are reportedly prepared to bankroll Moyes in January to ensure an improved end to this entirely forgettable campaign.
Whether or not Strootman would fancy giving up life at the top of Serie A to join a team in ninth place in the Premier League remains to be seen.
Do you think United will stand a chance in this audacious pursuit? Let us know your thoughts below.
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