Arsenal set to sign teenage star Brayden Clarke in transfer coup

Arsenal set to sign teenage star Brayden Clarke in transfer coup

Arsenal are close to sealing a deal for teenage star Brayden Clarke.

The centre-back has left Wolves and is close to joining the Gunners, who have beaten off competition from several Premier League rivals.

Clarke, who is the son of former Scotland international Nigel Quashie, is only 16 but has been tipped for a bright future.

He has represented Wales at under-17 level and last year helped them to qualify for the European Championship, becoming the first Welsh men's age-group side to reach a major finals since 1981.

Clarke revealed last week that he would be leaving Wolves and wrote a farewell post on his Instagram account.

“After 7 years at Wolves, the time has come for me to move onto a new chapter,” he wrote.

“I want to thank everybody who has helped me along the journey and I wish all of my team-mates at Wolves the best of luck for the future.”

Arsenal have a history of bringing through young players and they are determined to keep doing so, even as they fight for major honours.

The club are constantly on the lookout for the best young talent around and they fight hard to keep hold of their own, too.

Ethan Nwaneri, who made his Premier League debut at the age of just 15 last season, was attracting interest from Chelsea and Manchester City last summer - but Arsenal persuaded him to stay.

He has been on the bench for the Gunners this season and came on during the 6-0 win at West Ham last month.