Waris agent unsurprised by Manchester United links

The Ghana international was reportedly scouted by Ryan Giggs last week and the 23-year-old's representative has claimed Premier League interest in his client is nothing new
By David Craddock

The agent of Ghana international Abdul Majeed Waris says he is unaware of any interest from Manchester United, but says he would be surprised if Premier League clubs were not chasing the prolific forward.

United are thought to be keeping tabs on Waris as Louis van Gaal weighs up bolstering his attacking options at Old Trafford, with assistant manager Ryan Giggs reported to have watched the Trabzonspor striker in action against Lokeren in the Europa League last Thursday.

The 23-year-old, who is a regular for Ghana and was named in the country's World Cup squad only to pick up an injury on the eve of the tournament, has impressed at Trabzonspor since his arrival and his form has alerted clubs across Europe.

Waris' agent, Phil Radley, has not heard anything from United, but is aware of long-standing interest from Premier League clubs.

"I wasn't aware of Manchester United travelling to the Europa League fixture - but Premier League interest does not surprise me," Radley told Goal.

"There were Premier League clubs looking at Waris in the summer, but he was unlucky at the World Cup - he picked up a thigh injury in Ghana's final warm-up game - were it not for that he would have started alongside Asamoah Gyan and then I think those clubs would have come in for him.

"Waris certainly has the qualities for the Premier League - he is very quick and strong. Clearly he is a proven goal threat, but he is also a real fighter who never gives up and will chase down lost causes and put himself in dangerous areas.

"Trabzonspor bought Waris for €6 million in the summer and turned down an offer of €11m [8.6m] from UAE almost immediately after they signed him - so clubs can certainly see his value."

Waris was enrolled in the Right to Dream academy in Ghana at the age of 12, before moving to England with Hartpury College and going on to feature for Forest Green Rovers' reserves ahead of a move to Sweden in 2010.

After a spell with Spartak Moscow he then moved to Turkey in September after catching the eye during a loan spell in France with Valenciennes, where he scored nine goals in 16 games.