Manchester United in for Leeds' Fabian Delph

02 January 2009 10:06
Delph, who is being singled out as a future replacement for Paul Scholes, has already been the subject of bids from Newcastle, and reportedly Fulham. The teenager from Bradford has been a regular in the Leeds team this season, as well as captaining the reserves.

Manchester United are reported to have matched a £6 million bid from Fulham, according to The Sun

, but United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has also tried to sweeten the deal.

Ferguson has apparently offered extra money based on appearances and trophies won by Delph if he moves to the club, as well as offering two promising United reserves to the north-west side as Leeds seek to get into the promotion places in League One.

Darron Gibson and Rodrigo Possebon appear to be the two players Ferguson is dangling as bait as he seeks to give them both more experience given their relative lack of opportunities in the first team.

Delph started his career as a trainee at Bradford City before joining Leeds in September 2001 as an 11-year-old, but he made his debut against Derby County in the final match of the 2006-07 season as a substitute, and made two further appearances – both from the bench – last season.

The England Under-19 signed a new four-year deal at Elland Road in September, which he celebrated by scoring his first senior goal the next day against Crewe Alexandra. He made his first appearance for Stuart Pearce's Under-21s in November, again as a substitute, during the defeat of the Czech Republic at Bramall Lane.

Source: Telegraph