Manchester United are reportedly eyeing a swoop for Derby County youngster Malcolm Ebiowei as Erik ten Hag aims to galvanise the squad.
That is according to Fabrizio Romano, who tweeted: “Manchester United and Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on Derby County’s Malcolm Ebiowei.”
The transfer guru added that Steve McClaren, who has left Pride Park to rejoin United, could be a factor in the 18-year-old’s eventual decision.
Ten Hag will have a major summer rebuilding job on his hands at Old Trafford. There are plenty of outgoings expected and, in order to improve on their disappointing sixth-place Premier League finish from this season, a few new faces will need to be brought in.
With the interest in Ebiowei perhaps coming as a shock to some fans, he could certainly be a talent for the future. The teenage attacker, who can play anywhere across the front three, has previously been at Arsenal and Rangers.
It was the move to Derby which was the catalyst in the 18-year-old utilising his prodigious talent, though, featuring 16 times in the Championship last season under former United striker Wayne Rooney.
With Ten Hag seeking players who ‘work hard and give 100 per cent‘, a move for Ebiowei doesn’t appear to be such a shock after all, with the youngster’s work rate suitably impressing Rooney, who explained that the youngster’s “attitude is incredible”.
United supporters will surely enjoy seeing the club linked with a player as talented as the 18-year-old, although there have been plenty of young gems who have secured a dream move to Old Trafford and suffocated under the immense pressure – Wilfried Zaha springs to mind.
Hopefully it’s different for Ebiowei and, if a move to Manchester does materialise, that he takes the opportunity with both hands.
United are about to embark on a new era, and Ten Hag will be hoping that it’s a successful one. Shrewd signings like the prospective swoop for Ebiowei should help.