Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton are reportedly set to be embroiled in a three-way tussle in the summer pursuit of Bolton wonderkid Max Broughton.
Daily Mail are claiming that Bolton Wanderers prodigy Max Broughton is attracting interest from as many as three top Premier League clubs. Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are all vying for the wonderkid’s signature and are set to launch a summer assault for the midfielder.
Broughton used to play for local side Rossendale United where he was spotted by Bolton scouts, who brought the player over to the club on trial in October 2014. The player impressed in the trials and subsequently signed scholarship forms with the club in December, 2015.
The player has starred for the Under-18 side at Bolton, which has also resulted in the 16-year-old earning caps for England at the youth level. Broughton’s displays have seen the likes of Manchester United, Tottenham and Everton register an interest in signing the player, while Southampton is reported as another suitor for the midfielder.
Manchester United have been undertaking a massive youth overhaul since last season, with continuous influx of highly-rated players and staff.
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Max Broughton from Bolton U18 squad is attracting the attention of Manchester United, Everton and Spurs! (Daily Mail)
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Presently, the Under-18 squad consists of exciting prospects like Nishan Burkart, Joshua Bohui, Tahith Chong and the undoubted star of the squad – Angel Gomes, who made his first-team debut against Crystal Palace on the last game-week of the league.
Tottenham, on the other hand, have become one of the best places for budding footballers, after the recent overtures of Mauricio Pochettino at the club, who now boasts of one of the youngest and most exciting squads in not just the Premier League but all of Europe.
Everton and Southampton also boast of some exciting youngsters in their respective squads and their ability to provide a faster track to the first-team setup could tempt Broughton as well. Bolton have managed to get promoted to the Championship for next season but are unlikely to mount a comeback to the Premier League anytime soon.
And Broughton could well see a move as the best shot at gaining Premier League football. The prospect of wearing the shirt of Manchester United or Tottenham, though, hands the duo a slight edge over others and we could well be seeing another exciting youngster arrive at Old Trafford, after the signing of Arnau Puigmal and Roberto Gonzalez.