United continue English teen defender pursuit - reports

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Manchester United are continuing their pursuit of highly-rated Dulwich Hamlet's defender Michael Chambers.

The 17-year-old has been the subject of interest from a number of Barclays Premier League clubs, with scouts taking in his recent FA Youth Cup game against Oxford.

However, The Daily Mail claim Manchester United have kept monitoring the player, with Dulwich now 'braced' for bids in either January or the summer.

Player representative Paolo Vernazza insists an immediate move is not essential for the player's development, although the lure of the Red Devils would be difficult for any teenager to resist.

"Michael is a very talented and sensible boy who we believe has a bright future which is not dependent on any immediate moves," said Vernazza.

Manchester United have recently invested heavily on young players at Old Trafford, with Phil Jones and David de Gea joining the club for big fees in the summer transfer window.

Chris Smalling is also on the books, with the 22-year-old England international plying his trade at Maidstone United as recently as 2008.

His path is one that Chambers could follow, although a move from the Ryman League to Manchester United would be a massive jump in class for any player to overcome.

Having sold teenagers Quade Taylor and Paul McCallum to Npower Championship clubs in the last 12 months, Dulwich Hamlets have a track record of producing high-class youngsters, and Manchester United are the latest club looking to take advantage.

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