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Manchester United assistant scouts Kevin Strootman as Moyes looks for reinforcements

Dec 8, 2013, 8:36 AM EDT

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With Manchester United having missed out in the summer, David Moyes may have another go at Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman to help save their season.

United seem more and more out of the Premier League title race with every week, but with the January window on the horizon Moyes may look to new bodies to try and climb back into the top 4.

Moyes’ assistant Phil Neville was on hand to scout Strootman in their most recent friendly, a dull 0-0 draw with Colombia on November 20.

Strootman’s former manager, PSV’s Dick Advocaat, believes a move to Old Trafford is inevitable for the Dutch midfielder.

Strootman is a pure professional,’ Advocaat told Dutch outlet Algemeen Dagblad in November. “It frankly surprised me that he did not get to the absolute top last summer and was on the side a little. I do not think he will stay at Roma that long. If Kevin is at this level, he will be plucked away. And then it will be a team of the caliber of Manchester United.”

The 23-year-old moved from PSV to Roma for around £15 million ($24.5 million) this past summer but according to English reports, United could be prepared to nearly double that.

Strootman has five goals and five assists this year for Roma, plus 25 shots on target and a prime defensive record.

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