September 1, 2014 / 9:37 AM / 3 years ago

Blind joins while Manchester United wait on Falcao

LONDON (Reuters) - Manchester United completed the signing of versatile Netherlands defender Daley Blind whilst waiting to finalise a deal for Colombia striker Radamel Falcao on Monday as the club continued their spending spree on transfer deadline day.

Monaco's Radamel Falcao (L) celebrates after scoring against Nantes during their French Ligue 1 soccer match at the Beaujoire in Nantes, August 24, 2014. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

The signing of Blind from Ajax, for a 14 million pounds fee, was confirmed on the Premier League club’s website (

“Louis van Gaal is a tremendously talented coach, I have worked with him at Ajax and also for the Netherlands national team and I cannot wait to work with him at the biggest club in the world,” Blind said of his new club manager.

Meanwhile, Falcao was in Manchester for a medical examination ahead of a proposed season-long loan from Monaco, a move which was revealed to Reuters earlier on Monday by a source close to the deal.

The 28-year-old scored 11 goals in 20 appearances for Monaco after joining from Atletico Madrid for a fee of around 50 million euros last year.

Falcao, who missed the World Cup after suffering a serious knee injury, had been linked with several top European clubs including Real Madrid.

He will compete with regular strikers captain Wayne Rooney and Dutchman Robin van Persie for a place in a reshaped United team.

In another deal, United released Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on a season-long loan to Real Madrid.

Reporting By Michael Hann and Sam Holden,; editing by Amlan Chakraborty and Pritha Sarkar

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