Manchester United line up former City man Nigel de Jong in £8m move

United Chief Executive Ed Woodward is said to be hard at work on a potential deal for the 29-year-old former Manchester City favourite

Manchester United are plotting a surprise move for former Manchester City hardman Nigel de Jong.

United have held talks with the De Jong's representatives over the possibility of his moving to Old Trafford in time for the new season.

Louis van Gaal is a known admirer of the Dutch midfielder's destructive talents, having seen him at close quarters for two years as boss of the Netherlands.

He reserved special praise for De Jong following the Netherlands' 3-2 World Cup defeat of Australia.

"I don’t like singling out players, but Nigel de Jong was inspirational," said Van Gaal following the victory.

It is understood that De Jong's interest has been piqued by the chance of an early reunion with Van Gaal - and that United Chief Executive Ed Woodward has been working hard to finalise a deal.

Video: The latest transfer news

De Jong spent three successful years in the heart of the Manchester City midfield, becoming a firm fan favourite - and it was something of a surprise when he departed in August 2012 for AC Milan.

The former Ajax and Hamburg man has made 45 appearances over two seasons in a struggling Rossoneri side and would be available for around £8 million.

Louis van Gaal is an avowed admirer of Nigel de Jong

Read more: Van Gaal to be shocked by intensity of Premier League says Rodgers
United ready to beat Barcelona to Thomas Vermaelen
Xavi's one career regret to never have played with Scholes

Van Gaal's pursuit of De Jong could signal a temporary halt in his chase for another Dutch international midfielder.

The signing of De Jong would allow United to make it to the January transfer window with sufficient midfield cover before an approach for reported target Kevin Strootman.

Roma recently placed an enormous price tag on Strootman, with boss Rudi Garcia informing United that they would have to pay £79 million to secure the services of a player on his way back from a serious knee injury.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Giants Club: After wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, Uganda’s giants flourish once again

Uganda's giants are flourishing once again

After the wholesale butchery of Idi Amin's regime, elephant populations are finally recovering
The London: After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

After 350 years, the riddle of Britain's exploding fleet is finally solved

Archaeologists will recover a crucial item from the wreck of the London which could help shed more light on what happened in the vessel's final seconds
Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

Airbus has patented a jet that could fly from London to New York in one hour

The invention involves turbojets and ramjets - a type of jet engine - and a rocket motor
10 best sun creams for kids

10 best sun creams for kids

Protect delicate and sensitive skin with products specially formulated for little ones
Tate Sensorium: New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art

Tate Sensorium

New exhibition at Tate Britain invites art lovers to taste, smell and hear art
Ashes 2015: Nice guy Steven Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

Nice guy Finn is making up for lost time – and quickly

He was man-of-the-match in the third Test following his recall to the England side
Ashes 2015: Remember Ashton Agar? The No 11 that nearly toppled England

Remember Ashton Agar?

The No 11 that nearly toppled England
Turkey-Kurdish conflict: Obama's deal with Ankara is a betrayal of Syrian Kurds and may not even weaken Isis

US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but doubts linger over security

'A gift from Egypt to the rest of the world'

VIPs gather for opening of second Suez Canal - but is it really needed?
Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Jeremy Corbyn dresses abysmally. That's a great thing because it's genuine

Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
The male menopause and intimations of mortality

Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

Man Booker Prize nominee Anna Smaill on the rise of Kiwi lit
Bettany Hughes interview: The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems

Bettany Hughes interview

The historian on how Socrates would have solved Greece's problems
Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
Mildreds and Vanilla Black have given vegetarian food a makeover in new cookbooks

Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks