Manchester United are reportedly close to completing a move for promising Brentford youngster Joshua Bohui, with a three-year deal, looking sealed, well almost.
According to a report from Manchester Evening News, the 17-year-old is expected to sign up with the Premier League club before the start of the new academy season after finishing the last season as the top scorer in the Bees’ academy side.
Bohui is another potential top-flight player to come from the Afewee Academy in Brixton, where England right-back Nathaniel Clyne was spotted by Southampton scouts when his own career was in its infancy.
Speaking earlier in the year after the teenager was called up for England’s Under-17 side, Brentford academy director Ose Aibangee said: “Josh has been with us since he was 11 and we are really pleased for him. He has worked hard for this recognition and it is great to see him achieve it.
“Seeing a Brentford player in an England squad alongside players from Manchester City, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United is a massive reward for the work being done throughout the academy.”
The potential arrival of Bohui, along with the signing of Tahith Chong this summer, seems to back up Nicky Butt’s earlier comments about signing new youth players. “We’re short on a few numbers in the different age groups and it’s something we need to address,” he said.
“Something we are addressing and something we will hopefully get over the line in the next few weeks, in time for next season. It’s the same as any other club. We all want to attract the best young players in Europe, at whatever age, and we’re exactly the same. We want to attract the best players we can from all over Europe and bring them into what we feel is already a great set-up.”