Manchester United’s chances of beating rivals Chelsea to the signing of Everton full-back Seamus Coleman may have been boosted after a photograph emerged of the Republic of Ireland international wearing a Red Devils’ replica shirt as a youngster.
The photo shows Coleman wearing the shirt worn by Manchester United around 2002/03, when the Everton defender would have been roughly 14 years old.
Rumours suggest Coleman is in fact a boyhood fan of the Red Devils - and this newly-emerged photograph appears to back up that theory.
Coleman's rapid rise
Coleman joined Irish outfit Sligo Rovers in 2006 and was spotted by former Everton boss David Moyes and his scouting staff two years later. The Toffees subsequently thrashed out a deal worth £60,000 to sign the talented right-back.
After five successful years at Goodison Park, Coleman is now worth an estimated £25 million - the lowest price Everton are reportedly prepared to consider selling the 26-year-old at.
Coleman tied to Everton until 2019
Coleman committed his future to the Toffees last June by signing a new five-year contract, keeping him tied to the club until 2019.
Both Manchester United and Chelsea subsequently have their work cut out convincing Everton to sell one of their most consistent performers - but should they decide to cash-in, Old Trafford could be Coleman’s preferred destination.