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Brentford make transfer offer for EFL teenager amid Manchester United and Aston Villa interest



AFC Wimbledon teenager Matthew Cox is the subject of an offer from newly-promoted Premier League side Brentford, per Football Insider.

The 18-year-old is yet to make a professional appearance for the Dons, but he made his England under-17’s debut back in February which led to much interest in the signature of the former Chelsea academy stopper.

Despite that, Cox penned a professional deal at Plough Lane back in May, but that hasn’t stopped the top flight interest from piling up.

Manchester United were linked back in April before that deal was signed, per the Telegraph, and recently both Norwich City and Aston Villa have been reported as battling for Cox’s signature, per Football Insider.

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But it is the Bees who have stolen a march on the rest of their rivals in the race for Cox, with a bid placed by Thomas Frank’s side to try and entice the youngster to the Brentford Community Stadium.

The Verdict

Cox must be some talent to be capped by England’s under-17’s considering the country’s youth squads are mainly populated by players from top Premier League sides.

He has a great academy pedigree having been at Chelsea until the age of 14 and he’s continued to develop at Wimbledon and featured against Premier League sides Burnley and Tottenham in the FA Youth Cup last season.

New Wimbledon head coach Mark Robinson is keen to give youth a chance at Plough Lane and it would be no surprise if Cox is battling for the number one jersey this season if he decides to remain at the club.

But Premier League bids could end up being a real head-turner for him, and this transfer saga with so many clubs involved may rumble on for a while.

25 years old, UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, Preston North End fan

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