Football

United boss won't rule out move for Strootman

Louis van Gaal has refused to rule out a move for Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman, despite the fact he is sidelined with a cruciate ligament injury, according to Sky Sports.

The new Manchester United boss coached Strootman during his time in charge of Holland, and the Roma midfielder would have been a part of his World Cup squad had it not been for the injury he sustained in March.

Roma coach Rudi Garcia said yesterday that United they will have to fork out up to 100 million euros ($167m) if they want to sign Strootman, and van Gaal refused to rule out the prospect of making a move for the 24-year-old.

He said: "Other players, not at Manchester United, I can't judge - I am not there. Strootman I can judge, but he has been injured for more than six months.

"We have to wait and see how he comes back. It's not so easy to come back from an injury, so we'll wait and see." - Wire Services.