Manchester United have shown an interest in signing French striker Yassin Fortune, after he impressed Red Devils scouts in a youth international at St George's Park earlier this week.
Fortune was on target for France under-16's in a 2-1 win over Switzerland, with the Daily Mail reporting that United had scouts at the youth development tournament that liked what they saw.
The 16-year-old will be watched again this weekend when the Les Blues youngsters play England, giving him another chance to persuade United he's got the talent to focus on youth.
Focus on youth there for all to see
Fortune currently plays for Lens under 19s, well ahead of his age group in terms of development. There's another reason United may have been alerted to his talent though, with Fortune sharing an agent with another teenager snapped up by the Red Devils earlier this season.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah is the youngster in question, a promising defender brought to Old Trafford last year. United will hope a favourable relationship with Mensah's representatives would help them beat any competition for Fortune that may emerge if does the business again for France against England on Saturday.
United should maintain watching brief for now
United should have far bigger priorities than persuading Fortune to leave France any time soon, although its clear that under Van Gaal they are keen to be pro-active when it comes to recruiting the best young talent possible from across Europe.
Fortune has never played a minute of senior football and isn't close to debut for Lens at this stage. He's playing in French youth football's top competition for a strong side at that level, while also representing his country.
For now United should definitely continue to monitor his progress, but there's no rush to get this deal done and instead the Red Devils should be concentrating on signing world-class strikers ready to replace the likes of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie this summer.
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