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LONDON, England -- Manchester United are attempting to negotiate a two-week trial for American teenager Freddy Adu later this month.
United initially rejected reports in the Washington Post that the 17-year-old starlet was coming to Old Trafford.
It now transpires United are intent on looking at the player and the views of manager Alex Ferguson had presumably not been sought when the initial statement was released on the club's Web site.
Chelsea have also been linked with Adu, whose Major League Soccer season has been brought to an end by DC United's failure to qualify for the end of year play-offs.
If Adu eventually arrives at United's Carrington training ground and does enough to persuade Ferguson to offer him a permanent contract, a transfer could go through as early as January, although a fee would have to be negotiated with MLS who, as with all U.S.-based players, own Adu's registration.
Adu has been in the headlines for several years with his precocious talent and he has been hailed as the savior of American football.
Adu has been plying his trade with DC United in Major League Soccer.