Manchester United hand trial to skilful 17-year-old Turkish prospect - report

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According to reports in Turkey, Manchester United have handed a trial to youngster Recep Turkoz.

Manchester United proved that they can still mix it with the big boys on Sunday, as Robin van Persie's injury time equaliser handed the Red Devils a 1-1 draw at home to Chelsea.

The result showed promise again for United, who are slowly growing under manager Louis van Gaal after a summer of mass spending.

The Dutchman brought in the likes of Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Ander Herrera, Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao in a £150m outlay, with United ending up as one of the top spenders in world football this summer.

Yet despite the gaudy transfer fees, van Gaal has predominantly built his managerial career on nurturing young talent, and he's credited with launching the careers of Michael Reiziger, Edgar Davids, Clarence Seedorf, Patrick Kluivert, Marc Overmars, Xavi Hernandez, Carles Puyol, Andres Iniesta, Thomas Muller, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber during spells with Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Now, he's being linked with a move to sign a promising youngster, with reports in Turkey suggesting that diminutive 17-year-old playmaker Recep Turkoz is heading to Old Trafford for a trial next month.

"If Recep is selected he will stay in England, he is a great prospect and already plays for the Tokatspor U19 side," said his Mehmet Akif Ersoy Lisesi coach Emre Dursun. "He scored just about every week and has the potential to make the Manchester United academy."

Turkoz was spotted playing for a Mehmet Akif Ersoy college team in a Nike-organised youth tournament, and now has the chance to earn a deal with one of the world's biggest clubs.

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