16-year-old West Ham academy star scores brace in impressive trial
By Alex Taylor
West Ham Under-18 striker Idris Kanu has joined Manchester United on trial.
The 16-year-old forward played as the lone striker at Carrington on Saturday against Middlesbrough in an Under-18s tie, featuring for 63 minutes of the fixture and scoring two goals.
Kanu made 17 appearances for the West Ham academy side last season but is now completing a trial in Manchester.
U18s: FT – #MUFC 5 Boro 1. Goals from Boonen, triallist Kanu (2), Gomes and Buffonge seal a big win in Kieran McKenna's first game as coach.
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) September 3, 2016
The youngster had made promising strides in the east London outfit’s development system and started last season well, scoring back-to-back home goals against Chelsea and Reading for the Under-18s.
Kanu made his first real statement of intent in a Development Squad fixture against Stoke City in April, when he came off the bench to score the winning penalty and keep the U21s’ play-off dreams alive.
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The two clubs have already traded attacking talent this summer as Ashley Fletcher joined Slaven Bilic’s first-team after coming through the ranks at United.