Manchester United have lost the race for Belgium's latest striker prodigy - an 11-year-old dubbed the next Romelu Lukaku, reports the Daily Mail.

The Red Devils attempted to bring Hamidu Imran to their famous youth academy but he decided to remain in Belgium leaving his current team Lierse to join Anderlecht.

The move echoes that of Chelsea star Lukaku, who joined Anderlecht as a 13-year-old before moving to Stamford Bridge in 2011 in a deal worth a reported £20m.

But it is not only the transfer that has likened Imran to Lukaku.

Imran's pace and power, far exceeding his peers of a similar age, make him a similar cut to the powerhouse Chelsea striker, who is currently on loan at Everton.

Manchester United were quick to realise the massive potential of the 11-year-old and representatives worked hard to bring him to Old Trafford but failed to do so.

The news highlights another significant transfer window failure for David Moyes, who tried in vain to sign a number of established stars in the summer, including Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara.

All hope is not lost, however, as Manchester United will continue to monitor Imran's progress at the Belgian outfit with the hope of signing him when he turns 16.

Such a move is similar to that of Adnan Januzaj, who was brought in from Anderlecht two and a half years ago and has since flourished at Old Trafford.

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