Revealed: Forward snubs Leeds to agree split three-and-half-year Man United deal

Man United will hand Sunderland rising star Joe Hugill a split contract running for three-and-a-half years, Football Insider has learned.

This site revealed at the start of the week that the Premier League giants have won the race to sign the 16-year-old striker and he is set to link up with them this summer.

A United source has told Football Insider that the club have finalised terms with Hugill that will see him secure a split contract.and offered him a professional contract ahead of his 17th birthday.

He has agreed an initial scholarship deal that will be converted into a three-year professional contract at the first opportunity, which is his 17th birthday in October.

FA rules mean players signed to English clubs cannot sign until that age, unlike in Scotland where they can become professional at 16.

Other top clubs have also chased Hugill, including Tottenham, Leeds United and Wolves.

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Football Insider has been told that they all offered contracts to the young Englishman in a bid to entice him ahead of his youth contract expiring.

Hugill’s move to United is also a huge blow to Sunderland, who have tried to tie him down to a long-term deal.

They are only in line to receive a compensation fee of around the £300,000 mark for the jewel of their academy.

Hugill has demonstrated great promise in run-outs for Sunderland’s youth teams, most notably marking his Premier League 2 debut for the Under-23s in February with two goals against West Ham.

United have stepped up their scouting operations in recent years, with the club prepared to spend heavily on young players in a bid to avoid major fees in the future.

The Hugill deal comes a year after the £9million signing of Hannibal Mejbri, who only turned 17 in January.

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