Crewe Alexandra has long held a reputation for producing lots of talented young players through their academy, and Arsenal could be about to sign the latest hot prospect, striker Max Clayton.
Pat Rice, in his new role as scout for the Gunners, has been watching the 18-year old recently in his league games against Portsmouth and Walsall. Wenger puts a lot of faith in the judgment of his former assistant, and Rice has given Clayton a glowing report, according to Metro.
With other clubs, such as Liverpool, Newcastle and Manchester United, also keeping track of the player, there is a feeling that Wenger may make a move during the January transfer window. Rumours that Arsenal have already agreed a deal with the Crewe hierarchy have been denied by the manager, Steve Davis.
“I’ve had no enquiries about Max, only people watching, so it’s only a rumour, he’s not ready to go anywhere. When the situation is right, he will leave to go in somebody’s first team.”
The young front man has scored four goals for Crewe this season, but would struggle to get any first team play with the Gunners. He is probably better off playing competitive football every week, but Wenger could be arranging a future deal with Crewe for the player currently valued at around £3 million.
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