Five facts about Manchester United trialist Louis Laing

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Manchester United could be poised to seal a shock transfer for a Sunderland defender.

Manchester United have been linked with signing Luke Shaw of Southampton this week, but it could in fact be Louis Laing of Southampton who is the next player through the entrance door.

Laing is to be released by Sunderland this summer, and SkySports report that Manchester United have taken Laing on trial.

The defender was involved with the under-21 squad for their 3-2 win over Reading last night, taking part in the warm-up, but was not named among the starters or the substitutes.

Here are five facts about Louis Laing:

1) Laing is a 21-year-old centre-back who has not featured for Sunderland's first team at all this season.

2) He did make his debut for Sunderland's first team at just 18, coming on as a late substitute against Wolves in the Premier League in 2011.

3) Laing is an England youth international, once compared to John Terry, playing from under-16 level through to the under-19s, his last game seeing him playing in the same team as United youngster Will Keane.

4) The defender also has first team experience playing at Wycombe Wanderers, making 11 appearances for the Buckinghamshire club.

5) The Mail report that Laing's development has been halted by injuries over the past couple of years, most recently an ankle problem causing him to miss much of the first part of this season.

Sunderland fans are not necessarily too happy at their club's decision to release him either:

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