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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer employs personal scout to help find Manchester United transfer targets

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has appointed a personal scout to help him identity transfer targets.

Solskjaer is already looking ahead to the January transfer window as he continues to rebuild the United (opens in new tab) squad.

The Norwegian prioritised younger British players in this summer’s market, signing Harry Maguire from Leicester (opens in new tab), Aaron Wan-Bissaka from Crystal Palace (opens in new tab) and Daniel James from Swansea.

And according to The Sun (opens in new tab), Solskjaer has asked Simon Wells, a member of United’s recruitment team, to report to him directly as he seeks to upgrade key areas of his side when the window reopens.

The club’s hierarchy have approved the move as they continue the search for a director of football, which has been ongoing for around a year.

Solskjaer and Wells initially struck up a relationship when the former was in charge of Norwegian outfit Molde and the former was scouting Scandinavia for United.

Wells was involved in the acquisition of Sweden international Victor Lindelof from Benfica in summer 2017.

United employ 58 scouts who are scouring the globe for talent, with chief scout Jim Lawlor and head of global recruitment Marcel Bout two of the most important figures.

And Wells is set to become even more significant after Solskjaer requested reports about various players ahead of the January transfer window.

Meanwhile, United are still exploring different ways of restructuring the club despite having failed to appoint a director of football.

The Red Devils were expected to install an individual to work above the manager this summer, but they were unable to find a suitable candidate.

However, executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward insisted the club’s work in the summer transfer market showed that their current approach is the “right one”.

United will be looking to close the 13-point gap separating them from Premier League leaders Liverpool (opens in new tab) when they host Arsenal (opens in new tab) at Old Trafford on Monday night.


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Greg Lea
Greg Lea

Greg Lea is a freelance football journalist who's filled in wherever FourFourTwo needs him since 2014. He became a Crystal Palace fan after watching a 1-0 loss to Port Vale in 1998, and once got on the scoresheet in a primary school game against Wilfried Zaha's Whitehorse Manor (an own goal in an 8-0 defeat).