Manchester United are lining up a £14 million move for Dutch midfield enforcer Kevin Strootman, according to the Mirror (http://bit.ly/L9B7Ki) in an exclusive.
Sir Alex Ferguson has been keeping tabs on the PSV Eindhoven star, with Darren Fletcher's long-term United future still unclear, it said.
Strootman, a member of Holland's Euro 2012 squad, is facing an uncertain future at PSV following Dutch national-team captain Mark van Bommel's return to the club.
That could leave the way clear for United to swoop for the 22-year-old, who has been likened to Roy Keane because of his combative style.
Although United are set to seal a move for Tottenham playmaker Luka Modric, they are looking at recruiting a more defensive midfielder.
A physically imposing player with impressive distribution, vision and aerial power, as well as a burst of pace, Strootman fits the bill for that role.
He also fits in with Ferguson policy of investing in youth.
Strootman is understood to want to play in the Premier League but his agent, Chiel Dekker, has already said any decision regarding the player's future will not be made until after the Euros, the report added.
United midfielder Fletcher still has no firm date for a return from the bowel condition which brought a premature end to his season last November.
Ferguson and his staff are hopeful the Scotland international will make a full recovery, but are eyeing Strootman with a view to the long-term future.