United join Spurs in 'next Drogba' striker chase - reports

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Manchester United are the latest club to be linked with a move for Siena starlet Souleymane Coulibaly.

The Ivorian youth international earned rave reviews for his performances in the U17 World Cup last month, scoring nine gaols in just four games as the Little Elephants went out in the last 16 stage.

Obvious comparisons to Chelsea striker Didier Drogba have been made, and a host of clubs across Europe are now being linked with a move for the teenager.

La Liga giants Real Madrid are thought to be keen on bringing the player to the Spanish capital, whilst Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with a move for the player in recent weeks.

The Times now claims that Sir Alex Ferguson is interested in bringing Coulibaly to Manchester United this summer, with the Red Devils hoping to add the promising player to their junior ranks.

Yet to make a senior appearance in Serie 'A', work permit issues could hinder Manchester United in their pursuit of the player, although that hurdle is one the club could look to overcome if an offer is accepted.

Reports over the weekend claim Harry Redknapp was considering a €2.2 million offer to bring Coulibaly to White Hart Lane, with Spurs also looking to strengthen their junior ranks with a view to long-term success in north east London.


The Barclays Premier League duo are currently playing catch-up though, with the player admitting excitement at being on the radar of Real Madrid and former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

With history and success on their side, Manchester United will be hoping to persuade the player that Old Trafford is the perfect destination for the forward to become a better player, and are thought to be hoping to secure a trial period with Coulibaly in England.

Tottenham Hotspur hold similar aspirations with regards to a trial, although with interest heating up in the talented African forward, the valuation could soon increase as Siena consider their options following promotion from the Italian second tier last term.

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