Manchester United are planning to offer Southport striker Drew Lewis a shock trail at the club's Carrington training ground, despite the fact he can't get in the Conference side's first team.
Drew has been scoring goals for fun in Southport's reserve side this season, reaching a staggering 38 for the campaign, attracting the attention of a whole host of Football League clubs.
The 19-year-old goal machine could set for a quite incredible move to Old Trafford rather than League Two though, with the Daily Mail reporting that United's interest in the youngster is genuine.
What are United playing at?
Red Devils fans who may think this pursuit of a striker beginning a fledging career in the lower reaches of English football may want to alter their stance, because United have already plucked one unheralded youngster from non-league obscurity in 2015.
Sadiq El Fitouri is the player in question, signing to a full contract after being standing out for a local club in Salford City with strong links to United.
Why haven't Southport given him a chance?
You have to wonder why United are bothering to track a player not deemed fit for Southport's starting XI, particularly when they're languishing a point above the drop zone in the Conference with the joint-second lowest goal return in the entire division.
If Southport manager Gary Brabin doesn't think he's worth of the fifth tier of English football, what chance has he ever got of making it at United?
That may sound harsh, but United must ultimately be selfish with their vast resources rather than simply hand out chances to any youngster showing a glimpse of promise in the North West.
Chris Smalling did famously break through and now is an established United regular, but his remarkable story is all too rare at the highest level and that's a reality of the modern game.
United fans, do you think the club are wasting their time and money taking a look at young Drew, or is that too pessimistic? Let us know by having your say in the comment box below...
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