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​Ex-£1m Man Utd youngster Cofie pitches up at Derry City

A footballer who Manchester United paid £1m for when he was just 14 will be playing for Derry City in the League of Ireland next season, reports BBC sport.

Ghanaian-born English player John Cofie, who is now 24, was one of five signings announced by Derry on Tuesday.

In 2007, Manchester United beat Premier League rivals Liverpool and Chelsea in the race to sign the youngster who was on Burnley's books.

Cofie was most recently with Northern Premier League club Stalybridge Celtic.

"Manchester United bought him, then he went to Royal Antwerp, Barnsley and Southport," said Derry team manager Kenny Shiels.

"This is a good opportunity for him to resurrect his career."

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