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‘It will be a great fit’ – Pundit reacts as Man Utd close in on Sunderland transfer agreement



Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has said that he has high hopes for young academy talent Joe Hugill, as he looks set for a move to Manchester United.

Phillips was speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, suggesting that Old Trafford was the best place for a youngster to develop.

Hugill, who has been impressing for the various youth sides at the Academy of Light, is said to be on the verge of a move to the Premier League club.

The 16-year-old striker has been playing regularly for Sunderland’s U23 side this term, prompting a whole host of top-flight clubs to show interest, but has now been revealed that he has penned a three-year deal with United.

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Football Insider reveal that Hugill will sign an initial scholarship deal which will turn into a professional deal in October when he turns 17.

Phillips, who spent a successful period with Sunderland during his playing career, said: “You would like to see young players stay at the football club to develop and get more of a chance but £250,000 for a young player in this climate, with the situation Sunderland are in, you cannot turn that down.

“He sounds exciting. He has talent and I just hope he gets an opportunity now to develop. I am big on young kids going out on loan.

“Man United have great coaching staff there. It will be a great fit. If he can turn out like any of the Class of ’92 he will be OK.”

The Verdict

For Sunderland fans, Hugill’s exit will only anger them, having seen a number of players leave the club in recent times.

United will seemingly be getting an impressive talent in the youngster, having played at a high level for his tender age, and that is a good signal of intent form officials at Old Trafford.

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