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Man Utd's Italian scout plays cloak-and-dagger games with local clubs

Manchester United's Italian scout needs to do his work quietly so not to alert clubs of their interest in a player.

The Independent says David Williams, the Welshman who scouts for Manchester United in Italy, has produced a long production line for Sir Alex Ferguson - Federico Macheda and fellow striker Davide Petrucci from Lazio, Fiorentina's Michele Fornasier and before them Parma's Giuseppe Rossi.

But a widely held story in Italy has it that he must watch some of his games in trees and bushes and pick his fixtures carefully because the clubs with the talent will not play their prime stars on occasions when they know the scouts might be in town.

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