By Emma Sanders
Arsenal are preparing to offer Cohen Bramall a two-year professional contract, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim Arsenal are lining-up a huge two-year deal for the non-league youngster who is currently playing at Hednesford Town.
The 20-year-old winger is currently playing in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League division and has had no previous experience of professional football.
Last season, he was playing with eighth-tier side Market Drayton but after spending two days on trial with the Gunners last week, he could be handed a sensational deal.
According to the report, Arsenal are looking to bring him to the club to join their Under-23s side despite him training with the first team during his two-day spell in London.
He was invited to the Gunners’ training camp after he was spotted in a game while on trial for Sheffield Wednesday.
Arsenal were hugely impressed by the youngster and they are prepared to offer him a short-term deal despite Bramall being turned down by Crewe as a teenager.
Arsene Wenger is renowned for finding some of the best young talent in the country but with his contract due to expire at the end of the season, it would be an unusual move by the club.
Bramall will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of a number of Premier League stars who started out in non-league football, including Jamie Vardy, Charlie Austin and Chris Smalling.
Football Insider verdict:
It’s a win-win situation for Arsenal as they will barely have to pay anything for an unknown youngster who could turn out to be a star in the making. The London club have a fine academy set-up and Bramall could benefit from some elite coaching and hard work. He clearly has talent and has impressed the coaching staff so a two-year deal would be a great opportunity for the club to have a closer look at him and assess whether he will have a future in the Premier League. Bramall would be stupid not to agree a deal with Arsenal.
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