Reports this morning intimate that Manchester United sent assistant manager Ryan Giggs to cast his gaze over Ghanaian striker Abdul Majeed Waris in action for Trabzonspor last Thursday.
The Turkish outfit were tackling Hull’s conquerors Lokeren in the Europa League with the Welshman in attendance as, presumably, one of the Red Devils’ legion of scouts helped Louis van Gaal carry out exercises on the training field.
Following Giggs’ return from the Gateway to Asia, bwin have gone 4/1 that Man Utd sign the former Spartak Moscow star before the closure of the next summer transfer window, while it’s 4/5 that he’s plying his trade elsewhere (aside from Trabzonspor).
After scoring nine goals in 16 appearances on loan at Valenciennes last term, Vahid Halilhodzic persuaded him to join the Karadeniz Firtinasi, though he hasn’t laid waste to the Turkish top flight with the same vigour as he did in France.
The 23-year-old has been afforded four starts to date, but is yet to rustle the net in the colours of Trabzon’s finest.
He was also unable to find the net in Giggs’ presence, but his misplaced mojo can be attributed to his stationing on the left flank.
Blockbuster Benfica signing Oscar Cardozo takes the solitary central-stirking berth in the side, with Halilhodzic attempting to exploit Waris’ pace on the wing.
His opportunities to score have been severely hampered as a result, with the one shot he mustered in the Lokeren game a fitting microcosm in the season so far.
When he’s utilised properly, Waris can be deadly.
In addition to his strikes in Ligue 1, he was also crowned top scorer in Sweden during his final campaign at Hacken.
He bagged 23 in the 2012 Allsvenskan, which earned him a €2.9m switch to Spartak Moscow.
These figures don’t compare with those managed by the likes of Radamel Falcao and Robin van Persie in Europe’s leading leagues, meaning a move to Man Utd is probably a couple of stations beyond him at the minute, but Waris could certainly prove a handy Premier League acquisition for a lesser outfit.