Manchester United are currently believed to be undergoing talks to sign Nigel De Jong from AC Milan to add some extra strength to their midfield, Metro reports.

The 29-year-old defensive midfielder was a strong performer during the World Cup and is said to be interested in working with Louis van Gaal once again at United.

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He also received praise from his manager during the Netherlands close fought 3-2 victory over Australia in Brazil by saying: “I don’t like singling out players, but Nigel de Jong was inspirational.”

An initial fee of £8million looks to be on the table in bids for Van Gaal to sign the Serie A star, who is also a former Manchester City player.

With Michael Carrick out with an injury, the 62-year-old manager is out of options for a more defence-minded midfielder to work alongside new signing Ander Herrera.

Arturo Vidal is another potential target, but with negotiations being stalled, a move for De Jong could be the more sensible choice.