After Manchester United trial Liam Jordan joins up with Sunderland

South African teenager Liam Jordan is on the radar of Premier League clubs.

You can list the number of South African's who have played for Manchester United on one hand, in fact, you can do it on one finger. Quinton Fortune spent seven years with the club after arriving from Atletico Madrid in 1999.

But it would appear that United have their eyes on another young lad from the bottom of the continent, as Liam Jordan spent time on trial with the club this summer.

Jordan is a skilful midfielder highly-rated in his homeland. He led his Bidvest Wits under-17s side to South African youth glory last season and is now set to begin featuring for the Bidvest first-team.

The son of former Bafana Bafana international Keryn Jordan, who sadly lost a 13 year battle with cancer last October, he has real pedigree to go on and become a star for South Africa - home and abroad.

Just 16-years-old he trained with the United under-18s and under-21s this summer and even featured in two pre-season friendlies for the age groups.

But while he has spent time at United, his agent Glyn Binkin has now confirmed he will be spending some time with Premier League side Sunderland.

He told Soccer Laduma:

“He’s finished training with United now, but it was all about the experience for him, there was never any expectations that he’d sign. It was more about the training and to assess and gauge how good he is compared to others his age.

“Liam spent time with the club’s U21s, U18s and reserves and participated in a couple of friendlies where did well.

“He’ll stay with Sunderland until the end of the month, both Sunderland and United liked him, but he’s only 16 and like I say, it’s always been more about the experience of training at top clubs than the possibility of signing there.”

Like Binkin says for now he is just sampling the flavours of Premier League academies and training facilities, as at 16 it is probably too early for him to head over to the UK. But when he turns 18 in two years time, expect to hear his name to pop up once again.

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