Manchester United have been given the green light by the Football Association to complete a deal for Sunderland youngster Joe Hugill, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
The 16-year-old has been impressive over the last few years in the Black Cats’ academy and his form at youth level saw him handed the chance to feature for the club’s under-23 side.
Having developed well through the Academy of Light’s various youth sides, the young attacker has subsequently gained interest from a number of clubs, including Man United.
Hugill is unable to sign a professional contract until he turns 17 later this year, meaning that he is free to make a switch to Old Trafford, and it now seems that approval has been given to the Premier League club to make a move for the teenage talent.
Nixon has claimed that a deal is now on the verge of being completed, following on from a similar report from Football Insider‘s Wayne Veysey back in May, who reported that a three-year contract had been agreed.
Man U. Got all clear from FA on signing of young striker Hugill from Sunderland. Had been held up for a bit because done during lockdown. All good now.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) August 30, 2020
Hugill’s expected exit will see another talented youngster leave Sunderland’s Academy of Light, although the Black Cats have attempted to bring in some players at under-23 level with the additions of Vinnie Steels, Bobby Beaumont and Sam Wilding.
Another promising talent looks set for the Sunderland exit door, with the allure of Manchester United seemingly enticing the youngster to make the move. The Wearside club need to ensure that this pattern of players leaving does not continue if other prodigious talents are not to be lost in the future.
Although it is hard to deny Hugill what could be a dream move to Old Trafford, the Black Cats must ensure that they not only have a steady flow of young players coming through the academy but are able to keep them so that the first team will get the benefit of their precocious talents.
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