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United swoop for untried Bebé

Manchester United FC have swooped for 20-year-old striker Bebé, a youngster who until six weeks ago was living in an orphanage and playing in the third tier of Portuguese football.

Carlos Queiroz pointed Sir Alex Ferguson in Bébé's direction
Carlos Queiroz pointed Sir Alex Ferguson in Bébé's direction ©Getty Images

Manchester United FC have made a surprise swoop for 20-year-old Vitória SC striker Bebé, a youngster who has never played higher than the third tier of Portuguese football.

The 20-year-old moves to Old Trafford for an undisclosed fee thought to be in the region of €9m. A fast, technically gifted striker, Bebé was recommended to United manager Sir Alex Ferguson by former assistant and now Portugal coach, Carlos Queiroz.

It marks an incredible rise for Bebé, who until June was living at Casa do Gaiato, an orphanage on the outskirts of Lisbon. He spent last season at CF Estrela da Amadora in the third tier before moving to top-flight Guimarães six weeks ago.