Aston Villa look set to sign West Brom midfielder Tim Iroegbunam after having an offer accepted for him, Football Insider have reported.
The Lowdown: Iroegbunam profiled
Iroegbunam is 18 years of age and has been with the Baggies since under-8 level. He is primarily a central midfielder but can also play in a holding role and turned out on 39 occasions last season for West Brom’s youth side, scoring four goals and registering four assists.
The youngster, who was on the bench for the first team against Leeds United last season, has been described as an ‘important character’ for Albion by West Brom’s Under-18s boss Peter Gilbert.
The Latest: Source shares update
According to Football Insider, who were informed by a Villa source, a deal for Iroegbunam has been agreed upon.
A six-figure compensation fee will go to West Brom, with the teenager rejecting a new Baggies contract in favour of moving across the Midlands.
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The Verdict: Smart recruitment
It’s good to see that Villa are not only focused on strengthening their first team squad ahead of the new campaign. Feeney is England’s under-16 captain and Iroegbunam was Albion’s academy player of the year last season, so you’d expect that both will be shrewd additions to Villa’s youth ranks.
Villa won the FA Youth Cup for the first time since 2002 back in May, and who knows, both Feeney and Iroegbunam could help Villa defend that trophy next season. With a bit of luck, they might even get sporadic first team exposure in cup competitions, just like some of their colleagues did against Liverpool in January.
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