Championship Youngster on the Old Trafford Radar.
Sir Alex Ferguson has joined the chase for Sheffield United’s £7million-rated whizz-kid Kyle Naughton.
Manchester United manager Fergie had brilliant young right-back Naughton watched in the Blades’ 1-0 Championship Play-Off Final defeat by Burnley at Wembley 13 days ago.
And the 20-year-old Sheffield-born starlet did not disappoint.
A source revealed: “Sir Alex has kept tabs on Naughton, but was keen to see how he’d handle the big stage at Wembley.
“The reports he got were very positive. Kyle wasn’t fazed and relished the occasion. He came out of the final as United’s outstanding performer.”
The Source: (Sunday Mirror)
Given the likelihood of a ‘homegrown’ quota being introduced in the Premier League we are seeing far more speculation revolving around English names and for youngsters in particular and Kyle Naughton is the latest to be put under the spotlight.
The young full back who it seems may be even more ideally suited to playing further up the park in either a wing back or straight winger slot, took his chance at Bramall Lane with both hands. There can be few players who manage to rack up 45 starts in their debut season in the first team and that the youngster did just shows how invaluable his performances became to Kevin Blackwell’s Sheffield United side.
Now the big boys are calling and after the club lost the play off final to Burnley in a game they simply did not appear to turn up to, the big boys started to really push for the local lad’s signature. If Man United do indeed pursue their interest with a bid as this source states then the Blades will have to make a difficult decision.
Yes they wouldn’t want to lose a player of such potential but equally they wouldn’t want to stand the way of such a glamourous move and would obviously stand to make a financial killing from such a transfer.
Naughton to Man United: If Sir Alex does indeed put in a bid of this size I am sure he will get his man.