By Jack Malone

Manchester United and Liverpool have sent scouts to watch Vancouver Whitecaps prodigy Alphonso Davies, according to Canadian newspaper The Province (http://theprovince.com/sports/soccer/mls/vancouver-whitecaps/man-united-scouting-caps-teen-phenom-davies).

The youngster only turns 16 in November, but has already been earmarked as a star of the future having made his MLS debut in June.

Davies joined the Whitecaps’ youth system in 2015 but his rapid progress through the ranks has seen him become one of the hottest young properties in world football.

The winger is the second-youngest player to appear in the MLS, behind Freddy Adu, who currently plies his trade for the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the second tier of the US professional game.

Born in Liberia, Davies moved to Canada aged just five and has already represented the North American nation at under-20 level.

However, he is not yet a full citizen and as such would not be eligible for a call-up to the senior team for the time being.

This could also be a potential stumbling block for any transfer, along with the fact that FIFA rulings dictate that a player must be 18 before he can be transferred internationally, although there are exceptions to this rule.

Despite this, Premier League scouts are unlikely to be put off pursuing the 15-year-old as their clubs look to secure the cream of young talent for the future.

Davies’ skill, speed and devastating performances despite his young age look likely to spark a bidding war for the teenage sensation, with Premier League rivals United and Liverpool said to be at the front of the queue.

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