Manchester United set to complete deal for Sunderland striker Joe Hugill

Joe Hugill [right] has attracted interest from across Europe (Picture: Getty)
Joe Hugill [right] has attracted interest from across Europe (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are set to beat Arsenal to the signature of Sunderland striker Joe Hugill, according to reports.

The Red Devils have tracked the promising forward over the last 12 months but the Black Cats have received interest from across Europe, including from Arsenal, Tottenham, Wolves and numerous German clubs.

Hugill, 16, already represents Sunderland’s U23s side and doesn’t look out of place considering his goalscoring exploits and 6ft2 frame.

The forward turns 17 in October and it looks as though he’ll be at Old Trafford by that point to celebrate as the Manchester Evening News claim a £300,000 transfer is close.

Hugill [left] in action against Liverpool's U18s (Picture: Getty)
Hugill [left] in action against Liverpool’s U18s (Picture: Getty)

United have stolen a march on main competitor Arsenal to seal Hugill’s signature and he’s expected to join United’s academy, where he’ll be overseen by academy boss Nicky Butt.

Butt was appointed academy chief in 2017 and the club have adopted an aggressive transfer strategy under his guidance.

The academy’s reputation took a hit in the years after Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement, with persistent claims that they’d been overtaken by rivals Manchester City.

However, United continue to provide a pathway into the first team and boast more academy graduates in their first team squad than any other club in the Premier League.

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