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Manchester United striker Manucho has opted to try his luck in Spain...

Real Valladolid have caused a surprise by reaching an agreement to sign highly-rated striker Manucho from Manchester United after negotiations took place this week, the Spanish club have confirmed on their official website.

The club stated earlier this week that there would be one surprise signing this summer and they believe that the arrival of Manucho can be seen as something of a coup.

After spending last season on loan at Hull City in the English Premier League, Manucho was expected to return to Old Trafford and try to impress Sir Alex Ferguson.

Instead, the 26-year-old was tempted by the offer of regular first-team football in la Primera and is due in Valladolid for a medical and to sign a contract.

Manucho, whose full name is Mateus Alberto Contreiras Goncalves, began his career with Benfica de Luanda in his native Angola, before going on to score 34 goals in 78 games for Petro Atletico.

A move to Manchester United followed as his dream came true of joining one of European football's elite team, but after only one first team appearance he was loaned out to Pananthinaikos in 2008.

Lucas Brown, Goal.com

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