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Manchester United given boost in Kevin Strootman transfer

by Tom Parker

Kevin Strootman is only looking for a move to the Premier League this summer his agent has confirmed.

The 23-year-old PSV midfielder has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United and a host of other clubs including Napoli and teams from Russia and France.

But his agent Chiel Dekker has said that Strootman has his eyes set on a move to England ahead of any other league.

“He is focused on England because that would suit his style,” said Dekker.

“He has the physique, the character and the fitness for it.

“I am certainly not afraid he could handle that level.”

Speculation linking Strootman with a move to United has been prominent for over a year now with the Dutchman reportedly sounded out by the club as the man to bring some much-needed physicality to the midfield area.

The 23-year-old, who captained Holland as they reached the semi-final of the U21 European Championships, has three years remaining on his contract with PSV but he looks to be wanting a move away from the Eredivisie.

“From PSV it would have to be a step up to a good club,” Dekker continued.

“It is not simple though because the price will be expensive and not many teams can afford him.

“The clubs know what he can do now. It is up to them whether they want to reach an agreement with PSV and take him.”

Chief scout Jim Lawler cast an eye over Strootman as Holland met Russia during the opening stages of the U21 tournament and although David Moyes is yet to make a formal approach, midfield is likely to be a priority and Strootman appears to represent a near-perfect solution to United’s woes in the centre of the park.

Now that the U21 Championships are over, movement is expected in the Strootman camp and these quotes from his agent are probably the first move of many to try and orchestrate a move away from PSV.

At a reported £15 million, Strootman would represent great business given a potential selling on fee and at just 23, he would slot nicely into a youthful United side that is a couple of players away from challenging in Europe.

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