Joe Hugill is expected to sign a professional contract with Manchester United just three months after joining the club.
Hugill, a £300,000 summer signing from Sunderland, celebrates his 17th birthday on Monday and is believed to have agreed a deal until 2023.
Hugill has already been fast-tracked into the Under-23s even though he is a first-year academy scholar and scored two in three starts, as well as converting a penalty in the Under-21s’ EFL Trophy shootout victory at Rochdale.
United fought off competition from Arsenal and Tottenham to sign Hugill, who was on the scoresheet in the U23s’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal on Saturday.
A shortage of strikers at reserve level forced U23 coach Neil Wood to promote Hugill after just one appearance for the Under-18s in which he scored twice on his debut against Blackburn.
Hugill earned a first call-up to the England U18 squad’s training camp earlier this month at St George’s Park and could figure in the resumption of United’s FA Youth Cup campaign at the national training centre.
United face Chelsea in their semi-final on Friday October 30 and, should they progress to the final, would come up against Manchester City or Blackburn on November 1.
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Teden Mengi captained the United U18s to the semi-finals in March but has since made his first-team debut and been promoted to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad. However, the 18-year-old is believed to be free to play against Chelsea.
Mengi dropped back down to the U23s against Arsenal at the weekend to get some playing time after he was an unused substitute in United’s Carabao Cup victories over Luton Town and Brighton.