Sheffield Wednesday are reportedly in ‘talks’ with teenage striker Bailey Cadamarteri about the possibility of signing his first-ever professional deal with the club, according to The Star journalist Joe Crann.
The Lowdown: Gradual progress
The 16-year-old has worked his way up through the ranks at Middlewood Road, having initially displayed his talents in the Owls’ U18s side. More recently, his development has meant that he has stepped up to the U23s and has occasionally been training alongside the first team.
It has previously been reported that the youngster’s impressive progress has caught the eye of Premier League clubs Manchester City and West Ham, but despite having interest from the top-flight, it’s thought that Cadamarteri is very much keen to remain in Yorkshire and fight for his place in the blue and white stripes.
The Latest: Cadamarteri ready to commit
In a social media post on Twitter, Crann revealed that ahead of the forward turning 17 next week, he is likely to put pen to paper on a professional deal with Wednesday.
He wrote: “I’m told that SWFC are in preliminary talks with the teenage attacker, and it’s thought that he’s keen to commit to the club. He can sign on Monday.”
Expanding in his column for The Star, the journalist claimed that talks have been ‘opened up’, with the club looking to complete the signing ‘as soon as possible’.
The Verdict: ‘Brilliant’
Cadamarteri played a full 90 minutes for the Owls’ U18s in the FA Youth Cup against Southampton earlier this season and managed to get his name on the scoresheet, despite only making two appearances throughout the entire competition.
The Leeds-born prospect has been hailed as a “brilliant” potential signing by Crann himself, and it’s clear to see that he has got bags of potential given the interest from the Premier League’s elite.
If the centre-forward does up committing his future to Darren Moore’s side, we could end up seeing him on display in the senior match-day squad sooner than we think, especially if the boss is unable to guide his side up to the second tier through the play-offs.
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