Done deal: Defender signs after Arsenal settle terms
By Tom Blackburn
Arsenal youngster Tafari Moore has joined Eredivisie side FC Utrecht on a season-long loan, it was announced on Wednesday.
Moore, 19, has spent a large period of the summer on trial at Utrecht, and he impressed enough to earn an extended spell in Holland.
Arsenal announced the deal on their official website, with Utrecht also announcing the deal on their Twitter account.
— FC Utrecht (@fcutrecht) August 17, 2016
The teenage full-back has been with Arsenal since he was 12-years-old and will now test himself in the top tier of Dutch football.
Moore made a total of 15 appearances for Arsenal Under-21s last season and played a further three times in the UEFA Youth League for the Under-19s.
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Moore has represented England Under-17s, helping the young Lions win the 2014 European Championships in Malta and was recently called up to the Under-19s squad.
He primarily functions from the right side of defence, but can also play at left-back.
Arsenals main transfer priority appears to be a centre-back, as they are without captain Per Mertesacker until the new year, while Brazilian defender Gabriel has been ruled out for two months.
Laurent Koscielny is also still recovering from his summer exploits although he is likely to return this weekend.
ESPN claim that the Gunners have made an approach for Jose Fonte as they look to address their centre-back crisis, but the Southampton defender is keen to join Man United.
Arsenal are also monitoring Valencia’s Shkodran Mustafi, Bayer Leverkusen’s Omer Toprak and Fenerbahce’s Simon Kjaer to fill their centre-back void.
In other Arsenal transfer news, an international midfielder claims Arsenal and Liverpool have tracked him and he held talks with Arsene Wenger.