The Mirror says Van Gaal is putting a deal in place to land Strootman in January.
Strootman, 24, is back in training after missing out on his nation’s third-place finish in Brazil with a cruciate injury. But he is not expected to play until the Autumn.
United will make their move in January – which is why the loss of Michael Carrick for the first two months of the season with an ankle injury has come as such a huge blow for Van Gaal.
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