Report: Man Utd move ahead of Tottenham in race for striker

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Dom Le Roy

Manchester United are set to beat Tottenham to the signature of Sunderland wonderkid Joe Hugill, according to a report in the Sun.

While Hugill is yet to make his senior debut for Sunderland’s first-team, his performances for the youth sides this season have got multiple teams to take notice of the youngster.

The Sun previously reported that Spurs were leading the race for the 16-year-old after Spurs scout Ian Broomfield watched the youngster in action and gave the green light for the club to make a move for him.

The Lilywhites were said to be confident of landing the striker despite facing competition from Everton for the youngster, but there was no mention of Manchester United in the earlier report.

However, the same publication now reveals that Spurs’ move was delayed due to the coronavirus lockdown, which gave United the opportunity to make their move.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have reportedly taken advantage of the delay and moved resolutely to try and land Hugill, who is rated amongst the best forwards in his age group across the country.

The report indicates that the Old Trafford outfit are in negotiations with the Black Cats for the youngster and could have a six-figure deal wrapped up soon.

Spurs Web Opinion

I am afraid this is not a one-off incident and we are now seeing a pattern of youngsters choosing other academies over Tottenham’s. With John McDermott also on his way out soon, our academy set up might suffer seriously if we don’t get our act together and nab these young talents before the likes of Man City and Man Utd do. I am not sure if the answer lies in better scouting or being resolute in sealing deals after beginning talks.

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