Manchester United look set to sign Stoke City and Irish underage international defender Nathan Collins as Ole Gunnar Solksjaer looks to rebuild his squad ahead of the coming season.
According to a report in The Sun, Solskjaer is set to make an offer for the 18-year old who broke into Stoke City’s first team at the tail end of last season.
It also details that Collins’ former teammate and ex-United midfielder Darren Fletcher has recommended the defender to Solskjaer after massively impressing the Scot during his spell at Stoke City last season.
Fletcher feels that Collins is already good enough for first-team action at Old Trafford having impressed in his appearances for the Championship club this season.
Collins has also won a host of caps at international level playing for the U19s on four occasions and the U17s 20 times, captaining the side at the U17s European Championships in 2018.
Solskjaer is reportedly looking to target rising stars for his first-team squad as he rebuilds following a disappointing season which saw United finish in sixth.
In addition to Collins from Stoke, the Red Devils are also set to bring in 21-year old Swansea winger Daniel James who was recommended to Solskjaer by Welsh boss Ryan Giggs.
Norwich City’s Ben Godfrey is also reportedly on their radar after being championed by Rio Ferdinand.
Stoke manager Nathan Jones, who gave Collins his first-team chance at just 17, spoke earlier in the season of the confidence he has in the defender and how he deserved his chance after impressing in training.
“I’d have no problem with starting Nathan,” he told StokeSentinel.co.uk.
“I wouldn’t have put him on the bench if he wasn’t ready. We have enough senior pros here we could have played without a problem, but I have no problem with picking him because he’s been in that vein of form.”
The manager added: “He’s trained with us and we were always looking to give him a game before the end of the season because he’s earned that.
“He’s been excellent in training and how he’s done stuff and when he came on at Swansea he didn’t look out of place in any way, shape or form. That’s the confidence of the lad.
“There are certain things he still has to learn and do well, but the future is bright for the boy. He’s only 17 and that’s wonderful for us. Age is not an issue.”