African U20 star confirms talks with Manchester United

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Egyptian starlet Saleh Gomaa claims he is a target for Manchester United, after being approached by Premier League scouts at the 2013 African U20 Championships, reports

The 19-year-old midfielder - who has a burgeoning reputation as one of the brightest young talents in his country at the moment - was voted Player of the Tournament in Algeria, after a string of scintillating performances, helping Egypt to win the youth competition.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in bringing Gomaa to Old Trafford after sending Manchester United scouts to run the rule over the ENPPI star last month.

"I have been followed by a number of scouts including two from Granada and Manchester United," he confirmed in an interview with

"The Manchester United scout inquired about the possibility of having a trial with the club and he also asked me about ENPPI's readiness for a potential transfer."

The deep-lying playmaker is something of an unknown quality, but has been likened in playing style to Real Madrid and Spain midfielder Xabi Alonso.

Having featured for Egypt at the 2012 London Olympics, Gomaa has gone on to establish himself as a full international, and is expected to leave ENPPI in the summer.

"We welcome the notion of letting youngsters move abroad," confirmed ENPPI chairman Mohamed Badr.

"We received some inquiries regarding Saleh and Ahmed Refaat through intermediate companies, but we only deal with official bids from other clubs.

"Up until now there has been nothing of an official bid either for Saleh or Refaat."


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