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Report: Erik ten Hag is now personally tracking the progress of Eredivisie central midfielder

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag is tracking the progress of FC Utrecht central midfielder Taylor Booth.

That is according to the Daily Mail, who have profiled the 21-year-old and claim summer interest from England, Italy and Spain is expected.

Booth was on the books at Bayern Munich but moved to the Eredevisie in the summer, and has been impressing with more regular gametime.

He has two goals and three assists from 14 league games this season, and drew praise from Dutch legend Ronald de Boer last weekend.

Taylor Booth Manchester United

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Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag tracking Taylor Booth

Ten Hag played and coached Utrecht and his strong ties to the club mean he has been kept informed of Booth’s progress this season.

The report says the Dutchman could bring the midfielder to Old Trafford, and the club are facing some big decisions in that area of the pitch in the summer.

Scott McTominay has fallen down the pecking order and had interest from Newcastle United over the January transfer window.

Fred’s contract situation is uncertain, while Donny van de Beek must first recover from injury and then a decision can be made over his future.

Ten Hag did some great work on United’s midfield in his first window in charge, but more is needed to boost the quality and depth we have in that area.

His recruitment strategy has had players with Eredivisie experience at its heart, and has been a success thus far, despite some initial question marks in some quarters about that.

The step from Holland to the Premier League would be a big one for Booth, but bringing him to England could be a shrewd move if he keeps on developing.

It remans to be seen how hard Ten Hag pushes to sign Booth from his former club, or whether it is more of a watching brief for now with more experienced targets preferred in the summer.

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