Man United eye January deals for Dutch duo Strootman, Martins Indi

Louis van Gaal wants two of his national compatriots to join him at Old Trafford

Each day we’ll bring you the very latest tabloid rumors as the biggest clubs around look to splash the cash to bolster their rosters. True or not, they’re always entertaining…


Manchester United officials will be in Rome this weekend to scout $47.9m-rated Roma midfielder Kevin Strootman’s comeback from knee injury. The Serie A club have said they will not sell the 24-year-old for less than $159m.

MLS side Toronto have told QPR they want $15.9m for former Spurs striker Jermain Defoe.


West Ham target man Andy Carroll could make his long-awaited comeback from injury against Aston Villa on Saturday.


West Ham may lose starlet Reece Oxford in the summer after professional contract talks reached stalemate – with several top clubs ready to sign the 16-year-old.

Crystal Palace outcast Barry Bannan wants to go out on loan – with Bolton and Forest interested in the 24-year-old.

Barcelona ace Luis Suarez has said he cannot believe former Liverpool team-mate Steven Gerrard can continue to play after his slip against Chelsea last season – which led to a Chelsea Demba Ba goal and crushed Liverpool’s title hopes.


Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal wants to sign Porto centre-back Bruno Martins Indi for $15.9m in January to bolster his flagging defence.

Arsenal and Costa Rica striker Joel Campbell is furious with Arsene Wenger for leaving him out in the cold since his return to the Emirates.

Midfielder Joe Cole has backed in-form forward Charles N’Zogbia, 28, to provide the goals Aston Villa need.


Louis van Gaal is not planning to strengthen his Manchester United squad in January unless a key target becomes available, with the manager focusing instead on next summer.

Liverpool’s principal owner, John W Henry, has travelled to Dubai for meetings that could open up sponsorship or naming rights deals between the Anfield club and businesses in the Middle East.

FCM Targu Mures midfielder Gabriel Muresan, 32, has been given a 16-match domestic ban for a violent tackle during a Romanian league match in October.


Gerard Pique was left out of the starting line-up for the second successive game amid reports that Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal have submitted offers for the Barcelona defender.

Nottingham Forest owner Fawaz Al Hasawi hinted at discontent with manager Stuart Pearce in the programme for yesterday’s 3-1 defeat to Brentford after Forest’s winless run of nine games – which became 10 at the final whistle.

Real Sociedad have confirmed they are in talks with former Manchester United boss David Moyes regarding the vacant manager position at the La Liga club.

EA Sports have picked a 23-man England squad based on official Performance Data, which includes three each from West Brom, West Ham and Sunderland, with neither Wayne Rooney nor Joe Hart making the starting XI.

West Ham’s England international Andy Carroll, 25, who has not played this season because of an ankle injury, played 60 minutes of a practice match against Southend and could feature against Aston Villa this weekend.


Kevin Strootman, 24, is expected to make his long-awaited return to action for a Roma reserve team this weekend in a move that could boost Manchester United’s prospects of signing the Netherlands midfielder in January.