The agent of reported Manchester United target Abdul Majeed Waris has insisted he is not surprised by interest in his client from the Premier League, following speculation earlier this week the striker had been watched in Europa League action by Red Devils assistant manager Ryan Giggs.
According to the Daily Mail, the 23-year-old Trabzonspor star has emerged as a shock transfer target for Louis van Gaal, who ordered his No.2 to make a personal check on the player ahead of a prospective move to Old Trafford in the future.
The Turkish club's chief executive Burak Gurdal confirmed that Manchester United's interest is genuine, in an interview with local press on Thursday, but quotes from the Ghana international's representative still come as a bit of a surprise.
Manchester United currently boast a wealth of world-class attacking options with Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao to choose from, but it seems that Van Gaal is not entirely content as he considers a bid to bring Waris to England in 2015.
Competition for places at Old Trafford is what ultimately prompted summer exits for Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez, so Red Devils fans could be forgiven for questioning the accuracy of reports linking their club with a move for a relatively unknown marksman.
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Waris only signed for Trabzonspor from Spartak Moscow two months ago, but is already being lined up for another switch away from the Huseyin Avni Aker Stadium at the turn of the year, despite the fact he is still awaiting his first goal for his current employers, failing to register in each of his opening nine games.
"I wasn't aware of Manchester United travelling to the Europa League fixture."
"I wasn't aware of Manchester United travelling to the Europa League fixture - but Premier League interest does not surprise me," explained his agent.
The revelation will come as bad news for Manchester United youngster James Wilson, who had been hoping to secure more regular first-team action at Old Trafford this term.
Is he needed?
Van Gaal has made clear that the talented teenager has a bright future at the club having promoted him to fourth choice striker behind Rooney, Van Persie and Falcao, but Waris's arrival would surely push him back down the senior pecking order.
The 18-year-old featured as a second half substitute during the Red Devils' 1-1 draw with leaders Chelsea in the Premier League last weekend, and will now be spurred on to prove to his manager that another striker signing is not needed because he's ready to contribute in 2014/15.