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Manchester United swoop for England internationals but Liverpool also on alert as Huddersfield fold academy

Manchester United have reportedly offered trials to over a dozen teenage players after Huddersfield decided to close their academy down.

The two most attractive players appear to be England Under 16 duo ROCCO FRAGAPANE and RAJ MAHMOOD, who have both been offered the chance to go to United, according to the Daily Mail.

Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton are all on alert following the news and are thought to be interested in HARVEY ROWE and SAM MURRAY, who are also on United's radar.

Due to the circumstances, clubs can sign any of the under 16 players without owing Huddersfield any compensation.

Huddersfield's decision comes as the club decided it has seen scant reward from its investment into academy structures. Philip Billing is the only member of the club's first team panel that has graduated from the academy.

Chairman Dean Hoyle told the Daily Mail: "Our academy system must provide a strong and obvious pathway to the first team for players who are good enough, whilst also representing value for the club. Upon review, this is not something that we could claim.

"This decision has been the biggest we have undertaken in my time as chairman, and not an easy one. However, we cannot be afraid of change. This is a vital area to the long-term success of this club and we must make every effort to get this right."

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