Watford chase Manchester United starlet

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Watford are rumoured to be chasing Manchester United youngster Ritchie de Laet.

The Hornets want to bring the 21-year-old to Vicarage Road on a season-long loan before the transfer deadline slams shut at the end of August.

Boss Malky Mackay is keen to add a left-back to his squad with the club currently without a naturally left footed player for that position.

Lloyd Doyley and Lee Hodson deputised in that position last season although both players are predominantly right-footed.

De Laet moved to Old Trafford from Stoke City in January 2009, but the Belgium international has made just three league appearances for the 11 time Premier League champions.

He was awarded the Denzil Haroun Reserve Player of the Year last season with previous winners including Nicky Butt, John O'Shea and Darren Fletcher.

After de Laet was given the award, United Reserve manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was full of praise for the youngster.

“Ritchie has been a revelation since signing from Stoke and he deservedly gained some first team appearances this term,” said Solskjaer.

“He is a very versatile defender who also has an eye for a goal, and he’s a real leader in the team."

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