Manchester United have reportedly decided to push ahead with transfer talks to sign USA youth international Matthew Olosunde.
Seventeen-year-old defender Olosunde belongs to the New York Red Bulls, but he has been training with the Red Devils off and on since the summer, when he came to England, initially on a trial.
The Trenton-born teenager has been a centre-back for much of his youth career, but he has impressed United’s coaches as a right-back, according to the Daily Mail, who claim that the Premier League club are preparing to offer him a contract.
United’s move for Olosunde, who represented his country at the Under-17 World Cup earlier this year, will be subject to work permits and international clearance, so say the Mail.
Olosunde would not be the first player from the United States to sign for United.
Goalkeeper Tim Howard made 77 appearances for the Red Devils between 2003 and 2007, when he moved to Everton.
Jonathan Spector also represented United’s senior team seven times from 2004 to 2006.
In total, the Premier League has been graced by 38 players from the US down the years. The biggest successes include the likes of Clint Dempsey, Landon Donovan, Brad Friedel and Brian McBride.
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