The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE -

FREDDY ADU, who was once dubbed the new Pele and linked with Manch­ester United, is train­ing with Black­pool.

The 24-year-old, right, be­came the youngest ath­lete to ever sign a pro­fes­sional con­tract in the United States when he joined MLS side DC United at the age of 14. In 2006 he spent two weeks train­ing with Manch­ester United with Sir Alex Fer­gu­son re­veal­ing he was a long-term ad­mirer. How­ever, a move didn’t come to fruition and he has since had dis­ap­point­ing spells with Ben­fica and Monaco.

He re­turned to the States with Philadel­phia Union in 2011 af­ter fail­ing to live up to his lofty billing in Europe be­fore mov­ing to Brazil­ian out­fit Bahia, who re­leased him in Novem­ber.

The at­tack­ing mid­fielder has 17 caps and two goals for the United States but hasn’t played in­ter­na­tional foot­ball for three years and even if Seasiders boss Barry Fer­gu­son wanted to sign the for­mer prodigy, a work per­mit could be a stick­ing point.

JUST DANDY: Fred­die Adu in ac­tion for the USA

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