Manchester United’s first piece of business during what’s sure to be a busy summer appears to be the signing of winger Daniel James from Swansea.
Numerous reports suggest that United are closing in on a £15 million deal for the Welsh wonderkid who impressed in the Championship this season.
The imminent signing of James, as well as United’s links to Stoke defender Nathan Collins, appears to be an indication that young talent from the second tier is very much on Solskjaer’s radar.
With that in mind, we decided to take a look at five other Championship wonderkids who Solskjaer should be keeping an eye on.
1) Jack Clarke (Leeds United)
United had reportedly been interested in Leeds United’s Jack Clarke in January but it appears as though if they still want him, they’ll be faced with stiff competition as Spurs are said to be winning the race for his signature.
Clarke has had a breakthrough year with the Whites and found himself sprung into first-team action this season under Marcelo Bielsa.
The talented left-winger broke into the first team in November and had an excellent spell scoring twice and setting up two goals before an illness put a dent in his season.
The 18-year old has bags of pace and an eye for goal and is being heavily tipped as one of the next big talents in English football and could be the perfect type of player Solskjaer requires.
2) Jayden Bogle (Derby County)
Bogle could find himself in the Premier League next season with Derby County should they win the playoff final, but the 18-year old should be in the top flight regardless of whether it’s with the Rams or not.
The right-back broke into Derby’s first team squad in September and hasn’t looked back since, making 40 appearances for Lampard’s side and notching up eight assists in what’s been a terrific campaign.
United have also had issues at right-back as of late, with Antonio Valencia leaving, Ashley Young out of form and question marks still surrounding Diego Dalot.
Bogle would be an expensive acquisition, but one that could solve a serious issue for Solskjaer.
3) Marcus Tavernier (Middlesbrough)
Brother of Rangers captain James, Marcus Tavernier has been a revelation this season for Tony Pulis’ Middlesbrough side, despite the disappointing end to their campaign.
The 20-year old featured sporadically throughout the campaign appearing off the bench frequently as he made 20 appearances and managed four league goals from the left side of midfield.
Tavernier is composed on the ball and has excellent movement as well as an eye for goal which he showed so often this season at the Riverside.
One of the Championship’s brightest prospects.
4) Morgan Rogers (West Brom)
The shining light of West Brom’s youth academy – according to Birmingham Live – the Baggies appear to have themselves an elite prospect in Morgan Rogers.
Still just 16-years of age, Rogers is a talented attacking midfielder who can operate anywhere across the front or out wide and made his first-team debut for West Brom in the FA Cup against Brighton this season.
Rogers has been in scintillating form for the Baggies’ underage sides scoring 13 goals and notching up seven assists in just 23 games.
There’s no doubt that Rogers is a prospect for the long term rather than the short term, but added to the likes of James Garner and Mason Greenwood he could be a huge asset as United rebuild.
5) Luca Connell (Bolton)
A name becoming more and more familiar to Irish fans, Luca Connell will be in the market for a new club this season, and Manchester United certainly could be one of them.
A versatile midfielder who can also play in either full-back position, Connell was one of the bright sparks in a dismal season for Bolton which saw them relegated to League One.
Connell will be out of contract this summer and so could be a smart pick up for Manchester United given the fact that he has strong first team experience despite only being 18 years of age.
Spurs had been interested in the Liverpool-born midfielder with a host of other Premier League clubs also reportedly having Connell on their radar.