Manchester United target Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United are closing in on the signing of Norwegian wonder kid Martin Ødegaard from Strømsgodset, report Sky Sports.

The 15-year-old prodigy remarkably made his international debut against United Arab Emirates on Wednesday, becoming the youngest player ever to be capped by Norway.

United sent scout Simon Wells to the match to take notes on Odegaard, for whom interest amongst Europe’s elite has accelerated in recent months.

The attacking midfielder impressed United during a trial with the club last December and the Red Devils are now thought to be in pole position to secure his signature, fending off interest from the likes of Juventus, Barcelona, Liverpool and Celtic.

Odegaard is a boyhood Liverpool fan, but this is not thought to deter his ambition for a move to Old Trafford, in a similar fashion to that of his national compatriot Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Any move would continue the strong tradition of Norwegian players at Manchester United, with Solskjaer perhaps the most successful following his £1.5 million transfer from Molde in 1996. He eventually teamed up with international teammates Ronny Johnsen, Erik Nevland and Henning Berg.

Mats Moller Daehli and Magnus Wolff Eikrem are two other Norwegians youngsters who came through United youth ranks before moving on.

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