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.”
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.