Report: Aston Villa join Manchester United in scouting Sam van Huffel

A general view of Villa Park ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Aston Villa were amongst the host of sides that sent scouts to watch Sam van Huffel turn out for ADO Den Haag's under-21s.

A general view of Villa Park ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

According to a report from The Sun, Aston Villa and Manchester United were amongst the cluster of sides that were set to attend ADO Den Haag's under-21 side's clash with RKC Waalwijk on Tuesday night to have a look at Den Haag's Sam van Huffel.

The Sun reports that the 19-year-old is out of contract in the summer and has a host of sides after him, with Leicester City and Hibernian joining the Villans by sending representatives to watch his latest appearance.

A general view of Villa Park ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Reading at Villa Park on April 15, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

And while some may crumble under that kind of pressure, van Huffel seemed to rise to the occasion and write a script that he would have dreamed about if he had known beforehand that he had the group of scouts looking him.

The game was level at 2-2 heading into the final 10 minutes with the home side equalising for a second time just a couple of minutes earlier. But they were not level for long as van Huffel scored the game's fifth goal eight minutes from time to hand the visitors the victory. 

A general view of Old Trafford ahead of the Premier League match between Manchester United and Liverpool at Old Trafford on March 10, 2018 in Manchester, England.

Given his contract situation and his performance in front of the scouts, it would be a surprise if the Villa representatives were not heading back to England with glowing reports regarding the teenager.

He may not have much first-team experience behind him - he has been an unused substitute for the senior side once this term - but there seems little risk involved in pursuing a deal, and it appears that he could have a promising future ahead of him.

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