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Arsenal and Chelsea set for transfer battle

arthur.jpgThe topic of conversation has turned to young talent inside the Football Transfer Tavern, with Darren Lewis of the Daily Mirror reckoning three of the Premier League big guns are ready to battle it out for Birmingham City’s talented forward Koby Arthur.

Nicknamed ‘King’ Arthur, the 17-year-old striker has caught the attention of several top clubs, meaning Blues boss Lee Clarke is desperate to tie him down to his first professional deal.

Arsenal have already expressed an interest, as well as their London rivals Chelsea and reigning Premier League champions Manchester City in a player who only arrived in the UK 12 months ago from Ghana.

Arthur was spotted by Birmingham scouts playing non-league football, and has since impressed, so much so that he has been given a senior squad number – 16 – and is thought to be in contention for a place on the bench for the upcoming Championship league game with Crystal Palace.

Birmingham fear losing him for a minimal compensation fee, and are in talks with his advisors Tony Appiah and Saif Rubie about tying him down to a new deal.

Rubie, responsible for bringing Chelsea striker Demba Ba to England two years ago, confirmed: “Koby is an amazing young talent.

“We are looking to do the best thing for his progress and they are looking to secure him to a professional deal.”

Lee Clark has already handed debuts to five academy prospects at Birmingham this season.

Could this exciting young talent be set for a move to one of the Premier League’s elite clubs? Rate this rumour below.

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