Date: 26th June 2017 at 7:46am
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Joe Riley, handed his Manchester United debut last year but struggling to make an impact under Jose Mourinho, had been on loan at Sheffield United last season – Bradford hope to sign him this summer.

That loan at Bramall Lane, arriving at the League One champions in January, was disrupted by injuries, which troubled much of Riley’s 2016-17 campaign, limiting the full back to just two games.

A hamstring injury cut short that opportunity to impress but Riley, 20, is still a player Stuart McCall is keen to bring to Valley Parade, giving a chance to fulfil his true potential, likely to be stifled at Old Trafford as things stand.

Involved under ex-Man United boss Louis van Gaal, handing Riley his debut in an FA Cup win over Shrewsbury and a further chance against FC Midtjylland in the Europa League, within days of each other in February 2016.

Riley, in fairness not helped by injury, hasn’t featured for Man United since. However, the problem Bradford face, according to Sun, is convincing him to give up on his United dream. Also capable of playing in midfield, Riley is ‘taking some persuading to move to Bradford’ because he still ‘dreams of a United future.’

Another player being linked with Bradford, which could be an easier deal to conclude, is AFC Wimbledon’s Jake Reeves.

Former Tottenham trainee Reeves, 24, the midfielder also had a spell at Brentford, could cost City as much as £150,000, reports the Daily Mail.

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