PSV-Eindhoven may lose star midfielder Kevin Strootman in the January transfer window after his agent claimed that he was ready to play in a stronger league.

The Holland international has emerged as one of the best young talents in the Eredivisie after joining PSV just over one year ago from Utrecht.

Kevin Strootman
Strootman in action for Holland against Finland last year [Reuters]

His performances for Sparta Rotterdam as a teenager led to him moving to Utrecht where he played just 14 games before PSV came calling and quickly snapped up the promising midfielder.

His all action displays led to him being called up to the Dutch squad for Euro 2012, but he was unable to displace Mark van Bommel in the side and watched on as Bert van Marwijk's side were knocked out at the first stage.

The Metro has reported that at the tail end of last season Manchester United sent chief scout Martin Ferguson to watch PSV in order to compose a dossier on the midfielder.

United decided against making an offer in the summer, but the comments of agent Chiel Dekker will certainly be brought to the attention of Sir Alex Ferguson.

"Strootman has had a good time in Eindhoven, but he decided that he wants to prove himself in a better league," Dekker revealed to the Dutch media, as reported in the Metro.

"If an agreement is able to be reached with a potentially interested club, PSV will allow Kevin to leave in January."

This season Manchester United have been criticised for not strengthening their central midfield options, despite signing Shinji Kagawa and Nick Powell, and once again relying on the performances of Paul Scholes.

The midfielder was specifically praised by Robin van Persie after he came on against Southampton and helped turn around a 2-1 deficit to hand United another win.

Strootman is a different kind of player to Scholes, the 22-year-old does possess excellent distribution on the ball but he is also known for his ability to break up the play with well-timed tackles.

The Metro reports that Strootman would cost in the region of£15million as PSV would demand a huge profit on a player who has excelled in his time at the club.