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A trio of European giants are believed to have run the rule over Ivory Coast international striker Arouna Kone playing for Roda JC this weekend.

Premiership outfit Manchester United, Championnat side Marseille and Dutch champions Ajax are all thought to have watched the African against De Graafschap.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson (pictured) has raided Holland for talent in the past having snapped up the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy and Jaap Stam.

However, with Alan Smith arriving in the summer to join Luis Saha and Wayne Rooney tipped to join a new striker is unlikely to be a top priority for the Scot.

Kone, formerly of Belgian outfit Lierse SK, has made a good start to the season netting twice in the first three games of the Eredivisie season.

The 20-year-old, who joined Roda for £700,000 in August 2003, is contracted to the Parkstad Limburg Stadion until the end of the 2005/06 campaign.