MANCHESTER UNITED are trying to jump into the race for Sunderland wonderkid Chris Rigg.
Red Devils bosses would love to land the 15-year-old prospect as one for their future.
But Newcastle remain strong favourites to sign the central midfielder from their fiercest rivals.
Rigg is rated the best of his age in the country.
He has already captained England’s Under-16s.
United already have a good relationship with Sunderland having loaned Amad Diallo to the Championship club last summer.
But Everton have also been linked with a move for the midfielder whiz.
Meanwhile, United midfielder Hannibal Mejbri is on the wanted list of French giants Marseille.
The Tunisia international has moved to Birmingham on loan, with Old Trafford chiefs watching how the 19-year-old gets on with regular football.
But Marseille are keen to step in — and sent one of their top men to check his progress last week.
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The deal that took Hannibal to United from Monaco aged just 16 could end up amounting to £10million.
But now Monaco’s big rivals Marseille are looking into the chance of bringing him back to France’s Ligue 1.