Aston Villa have reportedly moved ahead of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to sign Bury FC wonderkid Jacob Bedeau.
The Daily Mail have reported that Aston Villa have stepped up their interest in Bury FC defender Jacob Bedeau. The centre-back is being chased by the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City but it seems the Championship club have moved to the head of the queue in the race to sign the highly-rated youngster.
Jacob Bedeau has come through the ranks at Bury FC and has successfully managed to carve out a place for himself in the first-team setup at the League One club. He was given his senior professional debut by caretaker manager Chris Brass at the age of 16 in November 2016 in a tie against Millwall.
And he has since gone places. He has featured in 7 league matches, and has been at least on the bench for almost every game this season. His performances have drawn the interest of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Liverpool had earlier snapped up highly-rated towering defender Emeka Obi from Bury, another prodigious talent to come out of the youth setup at the League One club and the Reds have taken note of Bedeau’s talent as well.
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The Manchester clubs, on the other hand, seem to be having a different battle altogether, with both the clubs looking to trump one another and land prodigious talents from all across the world of football. And Bedeau seems no exception.
But, as per the latest reports, Aston Villa are hopeful of sealing a deal for the 17-year-old. Aston Villa does present a club that will be able to provide a faster route to the first-team squad, compared to the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City.
Also, with the Villans currently in the Championship, a move would result in Bedeau plying his trade at a higher level but not directly at the highest tier of English football. Ideally, the 17-year-old would love to get some Championship experience under his belt before making the move to the Premier League.
And Bury, who are towards the bottom end of the League One table, does not seem like a club that would be able to offer Championship football to Bedeau anytime soon.