Premier League - United agree deal for defender Daley Blind

Manchester United have agreed a fee with Ajax, believed to be £14.2 million, for the transfer of Netherlands star Daley Blind, the club has confirmed.

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Premier League - £14m Ajax star Blind signs for Man Utd
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Daley Blind of the Netherlands (PA Sport)

Blind, 24, is yet to agree personal terms and undergo a medical, but United are hopeful the versatile player will complete his move to Old Trafford before the transfer window shuts on Monday night.

Reports in Holland suggest the agreed fee is 18 million euros (£14.2 million), with United confirming the agreed deal on the club's official Twitter account and adding that a further announcement would be made soon.

Blind was part of Louis van Gaal's World Cup squad and is the son of former Holland defender Danny Blind.

The Ajax youth academy product can play in a variety of positions, including left-back and in central midfield.

If Blind complete his move to Old Trafford, he will become the club's fifth summer signing.

Van Gaal has already signed Angel Di Maria, Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera and Marcos Rojo for a total of around £133 million.

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Louis van Gaal and Daley Blind (PA Sport)

"I am enormously proud to be at one of the biggest clubs in the world," the 24-year-old Blind told Fox Sports television as his transfer was sealed before the transfer window ends on Monday.

He can play left back and as a defensive midfielder but said it did not matter in which position United used him.

"I don't mind at all, as long as I get minutes on the field," he said.

After watching his team draw against Sunderland and suffer defeats to Swansea and MK Dons, Van Gaal thinks his squad is in need of an overhaul.

The 20-time English champions have been linked with a move for Arturo Vidal, but are understood to be cautious about bidding for the Juventus midfielder due to his knee injury.

Another target is Roma's Kevin Strootman, but he again is also just coming back from injury.

Van Gaal is expected to sell a number of fringe players before Monday night.

Tom Cleverley is in talks with Aston Villa, Shinji Kagawa has been linked with Valencia and Javier Hernandez is a reported target for Juventus.

Van Gaal will be looking to finally record his first competitive win as United boss at Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

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Daley Blind (AFP)

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