Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick was interested in signing Callum Wilson when the striker was playing for Coventry City in League One.
The German tactician, who succeeded Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the Old Trafford hotseat in November, will get to see Wilson play up close when the Red Devils take on the centre-forward’s current team, Newcastle United, on Monday evening.
Rangnick, regarded as the godfather of gegenpressing, is renowned for his footballing philosophy and ability to spot talent.
Between 2012 and 2019 the 63-year-old was the director of football for RB Leipzig and Salzburg, for whom he unearthed future superstars such as Erling Haaland, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Manuel Neuer and Joshua Kimmich.
Rangnick also has a keen eye for young British talent, signing Sheffield United winger Oli Burke and Ademola Lookman, who is currently on loan at Leicester City, for RB Leipzig.
It turns out that his knowledge of the English game spread as far as the English third tier, according to The Athletic.
They report that Rangnick was looking to sign Callum Wilson while the striker was banging in goals for the Sky Blues in League One eight years ago.
Wilson came through the academy ranks as a youngster at Coventry and, following loan spells at Kettering Town and Tamworth, broke into the first team in 2012-13.
The following season Wilson scored a whopping 21 goals in 37 league appearances, earning himself a move to Bournemouth, where his goal scoring touch powered the Cherries to promotion to the Premier League.
The 29-year-old continues to find the net for the Magpies in the top flight, showing that Rangnick was onto something when he eyed up the centre-forward all those years ago.