Manchester United are close to securing the services of
Sunderland's promising young talent Joe Hugill, according to reports.
The 16-year-old striker is set to join the United academy
next season, should the move receive Premier League ratification.
Hugill, who has been playing up to under-23 level with
Sunderland, had reportedly attracted interest from the likes of Arsenal, Tottenham,
Wolves and Leeds.
United though have leapt ahead of their rivals and agreed a
£250 000 deal with Sunderland for the teenager.
The Daily Mail described the youngster as "an old-fashioned
style centre forward" and one Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sees could develop in
United’s youth ranks.
United have been looking to secure a deal since March for
Hugill, who has a decent goalscoring record at U18 level which prompted a
promotion to Sunderland's U23s earlier this year.
Hugill though will have to wait to ratify his move as
lockdown restrictions mean he will be unable to complete a medical at
Carrington just yet.
United also have an agreement in place for Czech goalkeeper
Radek Vitek of Sigma Olomouc to join as a scholar next season.
- TEAMtalk media