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Man United sent scouts to watch striker target Diego Rolan last weekend

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Jose Mourinho may be keen to tell anyone who will listen that he is happy with his squad as the transfer deadline fast approaches.

However, there could yet be a surprising new arrival at Old Trafford before 11pm on Wednesday if the whereabouts of Manchester United's scouts this past weekend are anything to go by.

According to French publication RMC Sport, via Manchester Evening News, Mourinho had his staff travel to watch this past Sunday's Ligue 1 clash between Bordeaux and Nantes, with a striker for the former apparently the reason for the trip.

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Per the reports in France, United scouts were in attendance to cast an eye over Bordeaux's Uruguayan striker Diego Rolan.

Joining other clubs such as Bayern Munich in watching on, they will likely have come away impressed considering the 23-year-old netted the only goal of the game - timing his run to perfection for a poacher's finish...

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Rolan's winning goal comes at around the 1.25 mark

The apparent interest in Rolan, who scored 10 goals in 38 appearances last season, certainly comes as something of a surprise considering United's current wealth of options up front.

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With Zlatan Ibrahimovic having settled immediately into life in England, and Marcus Rashford reminding everyone of his talent at the weekend, bringing in another forward wouldn't have been seen as a priority amongst fans at Old Trafford.

Of course, United could simply be keeping tabs on the 5' 9" striker ahead of a potential move further down the line.

However, both the timing of their scouting trip and the number of other clubs reportedly interested in him, suggest they may have to move fast if they want to bring Rolan to Manchester.

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Alongside Bayern Munich, the Manchester Evening News added that staff from Norwich and Brighton were also present on Sunday.

Not usually the kind of clubs United do battle with in the transfer window, but, nevertheless, they could temp Rolan with more first-team opportunities than he'd likely get immediately under Mourinho.

According to Bordeaux's owners, per RMC Sport, no official offers have been made for the Uruguayan with just under 48 hours to go until the window slams shut.

While United fans would undoubtedly be intrigued by such an arrival, they may be wary considering the last player the Red Devils bought from the Ligue 1 club was Gabriel Obertan.

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