Manchester United ready to make formal move for Aston Villa star

Manchester United are poised to table a formal offer to try and begin negotiations with Aston Villa over the possibility of signing Ron Vlaar this month, Daily Star reports.

Louis van Gaal is keen to be reunited with the 29-year-old central defender who was on top form during the World Cup for his Netherlands squad.

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The Red Devils are said to be preparing an initial bid of £1.5million in hopes that Villa sees their intent as they await a reply with a more agreeable sum in order to complete the move.

Club owner Randy Lerner has left the decision on the future of Vlaar in the hands of manager Paul Lambert, with the defender keen on a new challenge.

United have suffered a handful of defensive injuries in the current campaign and Van Gaal is looking to solve this by bringing in a player who is already familiar with his playing style.