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As reported last month, Chelsea invited Hartlepool’s giant young England youth keeper Brad Young to the club for trials.
Reports by The Sun now claim that Chelsea have agreed a six figure fee for the youngster after beating the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal for his signing. Arsenal and United were both interested in the giant goalkeeper, but it’s Chelsea who have ended up winning the race for his signature.
The 6ft 4in goalkeeper was released by Sunderland as a kid but has developed into a top prospect, and Chelsea were impressed after inviting him over to the club.
Former Chelsea goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is full of praise for the young goalkeeper after watching him closely at Hartlepool.
“At the moment, it’s all potential with Brad,” Turnbull said. “Whenever anyone asks me about him I always say that if his work ethic and willingness to learn continues as it is then he will give himself the best opportunity to go and have a career as a professional footballer.
“That’s got to be his goal. He’s on the right path at the moment but it’s still early days and this is just some good recognition for the work he’s been doing.
“I have spoken to him and told him this is a reward for the effort he puts in every day because I have worked with him for more than 16 months now and he’s been great.
“This is an added incentive for him now. He’s got in a training camp so he can go there and do himself justice and push himself towards getting in a squad, playing friendlies and competitive international games.
“It’s one step at a time, of course, but I will be there pushing him every step of the way. I’m not happy with a training camp – can he go and get in a squad? I won’t be settling for anything less.”