Manchester United’s hopes of landing West Ham youngster Oscar Borg now look over as the two clubs have failed to settle on a fee.
As reported by the Daily Mail, Manchester United had believed they had won the race to sign the 16-year-old full-back, who has been dubbed the ‘new Luke Shaw’.
United have only just signed the original Luke Shaw, and the England international is yet to make his United debut in the Premier League after picking up a hamstring injury during preseason.
United and West Ham have been in negotiations regarding a fee for Borg, who was wanted by a clutch of Premier League clubs and two in Turkey. Borg’s grandmother was born in Turkey and the Turkish FA want him to represent them rather than England. Galatasaray and Beskitas have approached West Ham about a deal while Aston Villa are also keen.
But United and the Hammers couldn’t reach an agreement, as West Ham were looking for a much higher compensation fee to let him leave. Borg has been at the club since the age of 10.
Borg himself was thought to be keen to move to Manchester United, and reportedly turned down the offer of a lucrative contract at West Ham to help facilitate a move north.
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He spent time on trial with United, and the club’s coaches liked what they saw enough to sanction a deal. The 16-year-old, as well as comparisons with United player Luke Shaw, has also been hailed as the ‘new Gareth Bale’ thanks to his rampaging runs down the left wing on countless YouTube videos.