Manchester United are monitoring Celtic teenager Daniel Church as the club seek to overhaul their youth team, a source close to the player has told ESPN FC.
Church, a 15-year-old defender who has represented Scotland at schoolboy level, is a leading light of the Bhoys' under-17 team who lifted last month's Glasgow Cup final by beating Rangers 4-0.
United had been interested in teammate Jack Aitchison, a 16-year-old centre-forward who has recently been on the fringes of Ronny Deila's first team, until the player signed a three-year contract last month.
unbelivable feeling beating Rangers 4-0 in the Glasgow Cup final at Ibrox ���� pic.twitter.com/7bS0Ew7boi
- Daniel Church (@danchurch03) April 28, 2016
They have now redirected their attentions to Church as part of a drive to add new talent to the youth ranks at United, who are looking to boost their U18 talent pool as part of their reform of the academy setup.
Though this season has seen 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford make a highly impressive breakthrough with seven goals in 15 matches, along with 19-year-old defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, who returned to the first team on Saturday at Norwich, there has been concern at Old Trafford about the next generation of young talent coming through.
U18s manager Paul McGuinness left his post in February after his team lost 12 consecutive matches ahead of "Class of '92" graduate Nicky Butt assuming the position of head of the academy to replace Brian McClair, who left the club last June.
The same month, Henny de Regt, who helped unearth the likes of Christian Eriksen and Jan Verthongen, was brought in from Ajax Amsterdam as an academy scout,
Last month saw United sign 15-year-old defender Lee O'Connor from Waterford, Swiss striker Nishan Burkhart, 16, from FC Zurich and Dutch striker Tahith Chong, also 16, from Feyenoord.