Valerenga midfielder Ghayas Zahid has been linked with Manchester City
According to The Sun, Manchester City sent scouts to monitor Zahid during a friendly against Zenit St Petersburg in January.
And were seriously interested in securing his long-term future.
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Valerenga midfielder Ghayas Zahid
Zahid, who was born in Oslo, is a regular for Norway's Under-21 squad and netted their only goal against England during a heavy 6-1 defeat in June.
The 22-year-old made 28 top-flight appearances for Valerenga last campaign, and showed his attacking prowess with eights goals and seven assists in 28 appearances.
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Zahid is one of Norway's brightest prospects and is on the brink of breaking into Per-Mathias Hogmo's senior squad.
He revealed that he was close to signing for Pep Guardiola's side in January but the Manchester club wanted to wait until the summer.
Zahid said: "It seemed like I was going to join them but they changed their minds two days before the transfer window closed. They prefer to wait until the summer."
Valerenga coach and former Celtic boss Ronny Deila added: "They look at Ghayas as a development project."