Stuart McCall has confirmed reports that Scunthorpe are currently tracking Maltese winger Kyrian Nwoko and that he has been compared to former United striker Lyle Taylor.
Iron scout Lee Turnbull was spotted in the crowd for a Malta U21 match on Tuesday night, where the Valletta winger scored an injury-time equaliser for his side.
The Iron boss has admitted that the club are taking a look at Nwoko, but that a deal is some way off being done yet.
“He has come about. I think big Brian Deane is his agent, who knows Lee well and I think Lee has gone over and had a look at him. The kid did quite well and the club are just in discussions to maybe try and get him over and have a look at him,” McCall told BBC Radio Humberside.
“We are certainly not down the realms of offering contracts or anything like that. I would have to have a look at him up close here if that’s an option.”
Although McCall acknowledged that League One is a difficult league for an overseas player to come into, he does believe the early signs are good on the Maltese international.
“You look at overseas players, and you know you are coming into a physical league when you come into League One.”
He continued: “When you look at all his clips, he has got the physicality, so he can look after himself. I think he has got quite decent mobility as well.”
When asked about the type of player that Nwoko is, the Scunthorpe manager said that he has been compared to former Iron forward Lyle Taylor.
“Lee puts him down as a Lyle Taylor type, with the physicality and the mobility. A young Lyle Taylor, Lee thinks he could possibly be – which would be good. He has just got that sort of stature and mobility.
“Again, I haven’t seen him up close and personal. I have only seen him on clips but it would be good to see him if we could get him across.”