Manchester United hopeful of winning race to sign James Overy

Manchester United will likely beat Everton and West Ham United to 16-year-old Australian wonderkid James Overy.

According to a report by Manchester Evening News, James Overy has been the subject of interest from several Premier League clubs. Everton, Manchester United, and West Ham United have been interested in the 16-year-old Perth Glory wonderkid. And he will likely pick Manchester United as his next destination.

Who is James Overy?

James Overy is a rare Australian wonderkid to rise in prominence and become a hot property in the market in his teens. The country has produced top-class footballers like Harry Kewell, Tim Cahill, and Mark Viduka, among others. However, Australia is not renowned for being the breeding ground for many prodigies.

That is not the case with Overy, who has gone from strength to strength in the Perth Glory setup. The 16-year-old already represents the club’s under-21 side and has alerted several Premier League clubs with his exploits. Everton, Manchester United, and West Ham United have been vying for his signature.

High in demand

Overy might have been attracted by the prospect of playing for Everton, considering Tim Cahill is an all-time great at Goodison Park. The Toffees are renowned for grooming many highly-rated prospects, with Jarrad Branthwaite the latest to grow in stature in the Premier League and become a highly sought-after player in the market.

As for Manchester United, they are constantly in the market for highly-rated prodigies. They are known to produce a top-class prospect every year, with Kobbie Mainoo rising in prominence this year. James Overy is the latest wonderkid to emerge on Manchester United’s radar, with the Red Devils confident of winning the race to sign him.

Like Everton and Manchester United, West Ham United provided ‘VIP Treatment’ to the 16-year-old Australian wonderkid in hopes of securing his services. However, the Hammers and the Toffees are losing the race to sign the Perth Glory whizkid.

The report claims that Overy will likely pick Manchester United as his next destination as he prepares to move to England. The 16-year-old will become the third-ever Australian to represent the Red Devils after Ray Baartz and Mark Bosnich.

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