United scouts track £10m Bundesliga starlet - reports

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Manchester United are being linked with a January move for Greek defender Kyriakos Papadopoulos, according to reports.

The Schalke centre back has been earning rave reviews in the Bundesliga, becoming a regular towards the end of last season after moving in the summer of 2010 from Olympiakos.

Such form has alerted clubs from across Europe, with reports in Germany now claiming Sir Alex Ferguson is a keen admirer of the player.

The speculation goes on to suggest the Manchester United chief has dispatched scouts to monitor the 19-year-old, with a glowing reference brought back to Old Trafford after the trip.

Expected to be included in the Greece national side for the Euro 2012 championships, the Manchester United hierarchy are said to be concerned over his potential rise in profile should the teenager excel in Poland and Ukraine next summer.

Papadopoulos would fit the bill for the Red Devils with regards to a talented youngster, following Phil Jones and David de Gea's arrival in the previous transfer window. Chris Smalling, Tom Cleverley and Danny Welbeck have also earned regular spots in the senior Manchester United side this term.

He would be fighting Rio Ferdinand, Nemanja Vidic, Jonny Evans, Jones and Smalling for a spot in the Manchester United side.

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