Just yesterday, we covered a story from The Sun in which it was claimed Manchester United were ‘in touch’ with Sunderland about signing Joe Hugill for a six-figure fee.
Well, shortly after that news broke, the Manchester Evening News went one further. They write that the Reds are ‘close to finalising’ a deal for the striker after working on a move in ‘recent months’ – beating out competition from the likes of Tottenham Hotspur, Wolves, and Arsenal…
The article goes on to add that Hugill could be included in United’s 2020/21 academy intake in the not too distant future, as the Red Devils’ heavy recruitment drive is seemingly continuing.
Who knows whether Hugill will make it at the highest level? However, at United, he’ll have the best possible chance. It’s what this club does best and the reported £300,000 fee is a drop in the ocean for the Old Trafford outfit.
Simply put, it’s a risk worth taking. The reward could be huge in the long-run, or we may never hear that name again, that’s just how it goes in football.
Credit to United’s Nick Cox, who is Head of first-team development, pulling the strings and getting these deals done ahead of our rivals.