Earlier this morning Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo said Victor Valdes was close to agreeing a contract and Manchester United have now agreed a two-year deal with Valdes, report the Daily Mail and The Times.
The 32-year-old Spanish goalkeeper has been training with Man United since October and must have shown enough improvement to earn a permanent move.
Having played under Van Gaal previously at Barcelona, Valdes is well aware of his philosophy and for De Gea, the added competition of a world-class goalkeeper fighting him for the no.1 spot will no doubt help him to improve further under the stewardship of Franks Hoek.
At this time, United are yet to officially announce a deal for Valdes but they are expected to soon enough.
United are also likely to confirm exits for Anders Lindegaard and Ben Amos if the duo can find new clubs this January.