Manchester City have reportedly beaten Newcastle United to the signing of Sheffield United youngster Kylan Midwood.
The Magpies have made several moves to improve their academy ranks over the last six months with the likes of Kilmarnock defender Charlie McArthur, Galway United left-back Alex Murphy and former Tottenham Hotspur youngster Jordan Hackett all moving to the North East.
Those numbers were further swelled last month when winger Amadou Diallo joined following his release from West Ham United after a successful trial period. After his signing was confirmed academy director Steve Harper told the club website: “We are delighted that Amadou is joining us until the end of the season. He has performed well over his extended trial period and his signing gives us increased options in wide areas in the under-21 group.”
Following the recent addition of Australian wonderkid Garang Kuol, who will join United in January, the search for new young talent has gone worldwide and the Magpies have recently been linked with several South American prospects including Velez Sarsfield midfielder Maximo Perrone and Vasco da Mama’s Andrey Santos.
However, it is one target much closer to home that has reportedly opted to move elsewhere and snub reported interest from Newcastle, Liverpool, Chelsea and Leeds United after England Under-15 star Midwood was said to have agreed a deal to join Manchester City.
Journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted: Manchester City have agreed to sign U15 Sheffield United top talent Kylan Midwood. They have beaten Chelsea, Liverpool, Leeds and Newcastle to the signing. City want to develop and sign the best young British talent and offer pathway to first team football.”