Manchester United sign non-league defender

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Manchester United have dipped into the lower echelons of English football in a bid to further strengthen their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League next season.

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The Metro reports that the Red Devils have taken invited Glossop North End, who play in the ninth tier of English football, defender Sam Grimshaw for another trial with a view to a permanent deal.

The 21-year-old previously had a spell in Manchester City’s academy, and is thought to offer a versatile option as he is equally comfortable as a left-back or further up the pitch as a left winger.

Grimshaw spoke of his excitement of the deal and his hoping to impress the club officials once he reports for duty in July.

“I got a call from my agent saying they wanted to take a look at me.” he told the Manchester Evening News.

“It was brilliant news. It is a big opportunity of course with United and I have got to try and take the chance as I have always been a fan of the club, they asked me to go in for a one week trial and that was extended until the end of the season.”

“Now they want me to go back in July. I cannot wait.” he added.

If his trial proves to be successful Grimshaw will follow in the footsteps of the likes of Dwight Gayle and Charlie Austin to make the jump from non-league and into the professional game.

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