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Manchester United Ready Bid For First Summer Transfer Target

Teenage right back set for Old Trafford.

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Manchester United are interested in signing Nice right back Diacko Fofana, according to the Daily Mail.

The 17 year-old has only recently broken into the French side’s team, with just one Ligue 1 match to date, but that and his performances for the youth teams have reportedly impressed Red Devils’ scouts enough for them to believe he could make it at the highest level.

Fofana is just one of a number of players Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly considering bringing in for the full back positions, with the Daily Mail story naming Crystal Palace starlet Nathaniel Clyne and Jetro Willems of PSV Eindhoven as alternative targets.

Of all three, Fofana is by far the least experienced.

Clyne, now 20 years of age, was the youngest player to take part in every single game in the nPower Championship last season, and earned the club’s player of the year award for 2011 – having taken the gong for the young player of the year in both 2009 and 2010.

Willems is also a regular in his team – but like Fofana is just 17. He also has the additional bonus of European experience with PSV. Having had an immensely successful spell with Sparta Rotterdam, he was brought into the PSV side in November.

He hasn’t looked back since.

Still, Fofana is by no means behind schedule, and breaking into the first team at 17 in the French top flight is impressive stuff.

If Manchester United are looking at him, he must have considerable potential.

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