Manchester United are among clubs interested in the services of Fleetwood Town’s young defensive gem Josh Feeney.

According to Daily Mail, Manchester United are ready to rival Aston Villa in the pursuit of Josh Feeney. The Fleetwood Town youngster is expected to leave the club when his contract expires at the end of June, with the player free to choose his next destination.

Aston Villa are thought to be favourites in the pursuit of Feeney, but it seems Manchester United are determined to acquire the services of the 16-year-old, who has mesmerised the onlookers with his performances in the youth competitions.

Feeney is yet to make his professional debut for the League One side, but the defender captains the England U16 side. In fact, he recently scored in the 6-0 win over Northern Ireland.

Such performances have fueled the hype over Feeney, who boasts an impressive 1.93m figure that makes him quite an intimidating presence for players of his age. It plays a major reason behind his success in the youth levels, with many clubs now even certain that the youngster will thrive at a higher level.

The young Fleetwood Town starlet has already become a part of Aston Villa’s transfer agenda in the summer. Dean Smith’s men are indeed targeting a bunch of younger players, especially due to the current financial climate.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given youngsters plenty of chances at Manchester United (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has given youngsters plenty of chances at Manchester United. (Photo by STRINGER/AFP via Getty Images)

Manchester United’s very own Axel Tuanzebe is a reported target for the Villans in the summer, though perhaps unsurprisingly so, as the English defender doesn’t appear to have any future left at Old Trafford.

In addition to Tuanzebe, the Reds Devils are expected to run a potential defensive haul in the summer. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is particularly keen on finding an upgrade over Victor Lindelof, having already been linked with a move for Raphael Varane.

The Norwegian tactician, though, has also voiced his desire to build his team around young, British talents. The latest regulations put in place after Brexit has also forced big clubs to look towards domestic, home-grown talents rather than poaching talents abroad.

A move for Josh Feeney, therefore, certainly makes a lot of sense for Manchester United. The 16-year-old will be an interesting addition to the club’s youth academy that has already produced fine players such as Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Dean Henderson in recent years.

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Unfortunately for the Red Devils, it seems unlikely that they will be able to beat Aston Villa to the youngster’s signature, knowing the player has a much better chance of moving through from the youth ranks to the first-team at the Villa Park.

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