Manchester United & Arsenal track Magpies goalkeeper

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Manchester United and Arsenal are keen on Notts County teenager Fabian Spiess, who has also been attracting the interest of Manchester City and Tottenham.

The 18-year-old goalkeeper has yet to feature for the Magpies at senior level, but has impressed all and sundry with his performances for the club's youth sides and during loan spells with non-league Lewes and Corby Town.

Spiess joined the County academy some four years ago, having been spotted by head of youth development Mick Leonard while he was coaching at the Jebel Ali International Centre of Excellence in Dubai.

Leonard certainly holds Spiess in very high regard indeed, and is unsurprised that Manchester United have taken a particular interest in the young German.

However, should Sir Alex Ferguson decided to make a move for the teenage gloveman, he may face competition for his signature from Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.

"Man United have been looking at him for a long time," Leonard told the Nottingham Post.

"There were also scouts from Man City and Tottenham at our youth game against Doncaster last week and Arsenal watched him when he was out on loan at Lewes.

"He's as good as any young goalkeeper I have seen and I wouldn't be surprised if any of the big clubs did want him. He's got everything a modern goalkeeper needs."

United, though, may hold the cards in the pursuit of Spiess, with Leonard reportedly good friends with Red Devils goalkeeping coach Eric Steele.

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