Sir Alex Ferguson could be attempting to trump Newcastle and West Brom with a move for Dundee United’s Scott Allan.
Manchester United scouts have been sent to watch the midfielder, who only recently made his SPL debut.
West Brom have had a long-standing interest in the player but he has also been watched by Newcastle and of course Celtic and Rangers.
The 19-year-old’s contract expires at the end of this season with clubs being able to make approaches for him in January.
He looks certain to move away in the near future after relations between club and player soured during contract negotiations, with ill-tempered exchanges from both sides.
Tannadice manager, Peter Houston, branded Allan a ‘money grabber’ after he rejected a new deal, saying: “Scott was offered the best deal this club has ever offered to a teenager but he has decided he doesn’t want it…He is a very talented player but for me he’s still to prove himself, he should be looking to play 50 to 100 games here and then move to a bigger club.”
Although the exact allegations are not clear, it is understood that Allan’s advisers have contacted PFA boss Scott Wishart as they claim Dundee broke employment rules during discussions.
His agent, John Viola, said: “Scott is certainly not a greedy young man. He is a young player who really just wants to play games.”
He’s not had a spotless start to his career off the pitch either, facing an assault charge for an incident in Glasgow last November. The charges were dropped in June and since then he has impressed in the few games he’s played for club and country.
Given that Ferguson has such a wealth of talent midfielders at his disposal, will he really want to take a risk on such a precocious unproven player?
Since Allan’s first team debut during a Europa League game in July, he has only made three appearances in the SPL and three for Scotland U21’s.
With this level of inexperience it would be a gamble for any Premier League team to take him on, but then as he could leave on a free in the summer, he could turn out to be a bargain.