Revealed: Leeds agree to sign goalkeeper after three-and-a-half year deal agreed
Leeds United have completed the signing of England youth international goalkeeper Darryl Ombang from Bradford City.
The 16-year-old uploaded images on to his personal Twitter account on Tuesday that showed him signing a contract at Elland Road and holding aloft the number 21 shirt.
A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Ombang has signed an initial scholarship deal that will be converted into a three-year professional contract when he turns 17 next year.
The agreement will include a pay rise for Ombang when he graduates to the pro ranks.
FA rules state teenagers cannot sign professional terms until the age of 17, a year later than in Scotland.
Leeds have pulled off a major coup to land Ombang after beating a number of Premier League clubs to his signature.
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This site revealed on 10th June that the deal had been agreed and would be finalised this month.
Leeds are set to pay a compensation sum to Bradford for the teenager’s development costs.
He will become the latest rising star to sign for United after the captures earlier this month of forward Amari Miller from Birmingham City in a deal worth up to £1.5million and fellow attacker Sean McGurk from Wigan Athletic for around £150,000.
Ombang is also regarded as a potential first teamer of the future.
He is regarded as one of the best young goalkeepers in England and began training with the Under-16s at St George’s Park last October.
Remarkably, the youngster broke into the Bradford Under-18s team at the age of just 14.
It will be a major blow to the League Two club to lose Ombang, but also a reflection of the fine work of the club’s academy set-up.
Leeds’ plan is for the teenager to link up with their Under-23s squad before he is incorporated into Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team set-up.