Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fergie Thought He Had Signed Ampadu

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Fergie Thought He Had Signed Ampadu

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SIR Alex Ferguson was convinced United were on the brink of signing Ethan Ampadu when the Wales international was only 12.

The M.E.N. understands Fergie spotted the Chelsea midfielder, who turns 18 today, when Exeter Under-13s travelled to United in 2013 for a junior tournament. He was so impressed by the youngster he lobbied United's thenchief executive David Gill to conclude a deal for Ampadu.

Ferguson is believed to have dubbed Ampadu a 'proper United player', but the Reds' botched handover that summer meant Ampadu slipped through the net. Ferguson and Gill stepped down as David Moyes and Ed Woodward came in and presided over a desperate transfer window.

The United academy is resurgent again and Nicky Butt has overseen an aggressive recruitment drive since he replaced Brian McClair two-and-a-half years ago, with Tahith Chong, Lee O'Connor, Aliou Traore and Arnau Puigmal among the high-profile overseas recruits. …

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