• Premier League

Teenage goalkeeper attracts Man Utd interest

ESPN staff
March 28, 2012
Sir Alex Ferguson is believed to be keeping tabs on Fabian Speiss © PA Photos

Young Notts County goalkeeper Fabian Speiss is being monitored by Manchester United and a host of other Premier League sides, the club have confirmed.

The 18-year-old German is yet to play a first team game for the Magpies, but is well regarded by staff at the League One outfit and has already attracted interest from the likes of United, Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Mick Leonard, head of youth at County, believes Speiss has all the attributes to go a long way in the game.

"Man Utd have been looking at him for a long time," said Leonard in the Nottingham Evening Post. "There were also scouts from Man City and Tottenham at our youth game against Doncaster last week and Arsenal watched him when he was out on loan at Lewes.

"He's as good as any young goalkeeper I have seen and I wouldn't be surprised if any of the big clubs did want him. He's got everything a modern goalkeeper needs.

"He's got a lot of ability and a great attitude. He's very mature and is physically very big so he commands his box. He's brave and he kicks the ball well.

"He can go all the way if he keeps working as hard as he is now. He has got so much potential.

"I would love to see him play for our first team. I believe he's good enough and, if he did, his value would only rise even more."

This is not the first time Ferguson has tracked a young goalkeeper; the Scot last month admitted his regret at missing out on a cut-price deal to sign current Manchester City goalkeeper Joe Hart.

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