United close on City youngster
Swiss defender Veseli expected to move to Old Trafford
Last Updated: January 31, 2012 2:15pm
Frederic Veseli: Manchester City defender is reportedly set to join Manchester United
Manchester United are reportedly close to signing teenage defender Frederic Veseli from local rivals Manchester City.
Veseli joined City in 2008 from Lausanne, but the Switzerland Under 19 international has yet to make a first-team appearance for the club.
He did travel with City's first-team squad for the pre-season tour to the United States last summer, but is now poised to join neighbours United.
A former captain of Switzerland's Under 17 side, the centre-half is described on City's official website as 'a cultured defender who combines his natural defensive talent with an eye for a pass'.
It is unclear whether the 19-year-old will be part of Sir Alex Ferguson's immediate first-team plans at Old Trafford or will be sent out on loan to gain experience.