Manchester United have handed a trial to a young West Ham United star who has been dubbed the ‘next Gareth Bale’, but will have to fight off interest from Southampton to land him.
According to the Daily Express, Oscar Borg has been impressing all who have watched him while playing for the Hammers under-16 side, so much so that the 16-year-old has earned call-ups to the under-18s and under-21s.
This has been noted by both Manchester United and Southampton, with the former of the two reportedly making moves to snap him up.
The report claims Borg is currently having a trial at Old Trafford as the Red Devils want to take a closer look at him with a view to a possible move.
West Ham would obviously be reluctant to let such a promising young player go – staff at the east London club had been calling him ‘Gareth’ such is his similarity with the Real Madrid man – but he has not signed on as a scholar and can move elsewhere.
Manchester United would have to pay a compensation fee in the region of £220,000 if they do sign Borg, which would be considered a small price if he can even come close to the level of Bale.
Southampton’s much lauded youth academy was where Bale made a name for himself as a teenage before moves to Tottenham and then a world record transfer to Real Madrid last summer. They have also just sold another left-back to Manchester United, Luke Shaw, who has been tipped to repeat the success of the Welshman.