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Lazio poised to land De Vrij

Holland international defender Stefan De Vrij is poised to become a Lazio player after arriving in Italy for a medical.

It was announced on Monday that the Feyenoord defender was travelling to Rome to put the finishing touches to a move.

Manchester United were also reported to be in the hunt for the 22-year-old, with former Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal eager to bring in players he knows.

However, reports in Italy suggest that Lazio have already agreed a five-year contract with a player who will cost around 9million euros (7.1m).

Lazio coach Stefano Pioli told Lazio Style Radio: \"I cannot wait to meet him and train him.\"

Director of communications Stefano De Martino added: \"We welcome with joy the best defender at the World Cup.

\"He is an international-level signing.\"