Manchester United are considering a move for Manchester City wonderkid Cameron Humphreys. Scouts from Old Trafford have been left impressed by the centre-back's rapid progression and Louis van Gaal could make a bid to steal him away from the Etihad.
Humphreys made headlines after being given a chance to impress by Manuel Pellegrini against Melbourne City and Real Madrid during pre-season. A report in The Mail claims the Red Devils are joined by both Newcastle United and Everton in their interest but none of them are yet to make an official approach.
At only 16-years-old, the youngster did not look out of place in the Citizens line-up, but Pellegrini later admitted that his first-team breakthrough may have to wait beyond the forthcoming season. But having been voted the player of the season by his teammates in the under-18 squad, Humphreys may think he is ready to move on.
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Pellegrini said: “Two or three of them have demonstrated they will have an important part in the future of our squad – I am talking about Kelechi, Manu Garcia and Cameron Humphreys.
“Those three are under 18 so we will work in Manchester with the young players and it is not easy to bring them in a short time to the squad. I am sure if they continue working they will have an important participation in our team in the next few years.”
Humphreys originally played for Oldham's youth team but grew disillusioned with life at Boundary Park and returned to Sunday League football. Manchester City scouts later recognised his talent and offered him a scholarship.
The youngster cuts an imposing figure and has the physical presence of someone many years older. As a result, he has been advanced through the age groups and was called up to the England under-17 squad as a 14-year-old.
Now 16 years old, Humphreys is still unable to sign a professional contract with City and this is where their closest rival Manchester United are hoping to take advantage. The promise of a big deal when he turns 17 at the end of next month could be enough to tempt him to Old Trafford.
Money, however, will not be the most important thing for Humphreys, who is probably more concerned with breaking into the first-team at Man City. With a constant influx of international stars arriving in Eastlands it is hard to see any but the best stars breaking through.
Would Manchester United offer Humphreys a better chance of becoming a star or should he stay at City?