United facing Bhoys battle over Toon target - reports

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Manchester United, Celtic and Newcastle United are all monitoring the situation regarding midfielder Scott Allan.

The Dundee United teenager has been linked with a host of clubs north and south of the border, with Bhoys boss Neil Lennon confirming the Park Head outfit are monitoring the situation.

"I am aware of Scott Allan’s situation. He is a good, young player who has performed very well at SPL level and he has come to my attention through our scouting system. And yes I’d probably be interested in signing him," said the Celtic boss.

Reports in Scotland have claimed Celtic are willing to offer in the region of £450,000 for the player, who has recently rejected a new deal at Tannadice.

Manchester United are known admirers of the player, after Sir Alex Ferguson sent his brother Martin on a scouting trip to watch the player earlier in the season.

The Red Devils have invested heavily in youth player at Old Trafford recently, with David de Gea and Phil Jones joining the likes of Chris Smalling and Tom Cleverley within the Manchester United first team ranks.

Allan would be another youngster to add to the ranks, were Manchester United able to beat off competition to secure the signature, and Scottish international skipper Darren Fletcher could be key to luring the player to the club.

However, both Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion are also thought to be considering bids for the player.


The Daily Mail reported less than a week ago that Alan Pardew had been impressed with the player both in SPL and international U21 action, with Newcastle considering an offer for the player in the January transfer window.

Securing the player's signature at St. James' Park will be far from easy though, and a number of incentives will have to be offered if the Magpies wish to land their man.

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