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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Nabil Fekir and Liam Grimshaw Rumours

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 2, 2015

Lyon's French midfielder Nabil Fekir celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Caen (SM Caen) and Olympique Lyonnais, on August 29, 2015, at the Michel d'Ornano stadium, in Caen, western France. AFP PHOTO/ JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER        (Photo credit should read JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP/Getty Images)
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In the wake of Anthony Martial's last-minute move to Manchester United on Tuesday, Lyon forward Nabil Fekir has admitted he would welcome a move to the Red Devils in future.

Per Metro's Will Giles, he told Julien Ricotta and Cyrille de la Morinerie of Europe1: "Why not play one day in Manchester. This is a club of dreams. Anthony is a very good player, I played with him in Lyon. Of course this is a very large sum. We know that clubs like that are able to put that kind of money for good players."

The 22-year-old won Ligue 1's Young Player of the Year award last season as he formed a potent partnership with Alexandre Lacazette, hitting 15 goals and assisting a further 13 in all competitions.

He has begun this season in a similar fashion, scoring four goals and assisting one in four appearances for Lyon.

Fekir is a creative and versatile forward who can also play as a second striker or in attacking midfield.

The Frenchman is a strong finisher, and as WhoScored.com illustrates, he is exceptionally good with the ball at his feet charging at opposition defences:

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Here are some of the youngster's impressive highlights:

However, as Ligue 1 expert Matt Spiro reported earlier in the summer, Fekir recently earned a new contract and a hefty pay rise at Lyon:

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Incredibly, Fekir - a France international & one of most exciting young forwards in Europe - currently earns £8k a week. Lyon to offer £50k

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Great for Lyon that Nabil Fekir has signed extension. Club now needs Lacazette, Lopes, Tolisso, Umtiti to follow suit. Exciting season ahead

Fekir is now contracted with the French side until 2020, so he's unlikely to move anywhere for at least another season or two.

When he does appear set to make the inevitable step up to a top-tier club, United should ensure they're first in line to snap him up.

As well as bringing Martial in on deadline day, United also oversaw some departures, including youngster Liam Grimshaw heading to Motherwell on loan until January, according to Jonathan Green of the Daily Star.

Per Green, the under-21 captain said:

I'm looking forward to it and it's a new experience for me as I've only ever played at Manchester United my whole career.

First of all I'll be looking to get into the side, then I'll be looking to play as many games as possible and try to improve as a player.

I've played a few positions for Man Utd, starting at centre back then right back but I prefer midfield. I like to get my foot in and pass the ball simply.

The versatile youngster will no doubt gain invaluable first-team experience from the move, performing at a higher level than he would have in United's youth team.

Don't be surprised if Grimshaw extends his stay with the Steelmen to the end of the season, as his opportunities at Old Trafford are likely to be limited.

However, if his spell is successful, United fans could see him providing valuable cover for their senior side next year.

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