Football: United line up youth for 2001

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The Independent Online
Manchester United are discussing terms with the Norwegian prodigy, Erland Hansveit. But under the terms of the mooted deal, the 17-year-old Brann Bergen midfielder would not become an official Old Trafford player until 2001.

If negotiations are successful, Hansveit could sign preliminary forms with United, but there will be a loan-style agreement whereby he will play for his current club for the next three seasons.

"There have been discussions, but nothing has been finalised," the United director, Maurice Watkins, said yesterday.

Norway has proved to be a fruitful source of players for the United manager, Alex Ferguson, with Ronny Johnsen and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer both enjoying success at Old Trafford.