Manchester United have completed the signing of Newport County youngster Regan Poole for an undisclosed fee, the club has confirmed. Regan, 17, becomes United's second deadline day arrival, following Anthony Martial's move to the club from Monaco.
The Wales Under-17 defender became Newport's youngest ever first team player in September 2014 and joins the Premier League giants with the blessing of the Exiles' manager Terry Butcher. "In the past few days a number of clubs have shown an interest in Regan, but as soon as Manchester United came in there was only really going to be one outcome," Butcher told the club's official website.
"It is every boy's dream to play for Manchester United, and it's a wonderful opportunity for him to progress at such a magnificent club. It doesn't matter which country you are in, or where you are in the world, when Manchester United come calling you have to answer.
"What it does show for our club is that there is a pathway right to the very top. Someone like Regan, who started off at Cardiff but was released and then came to us, it doesn't matter which age the players come to us they can emulate Regan's footsteps."
United also confirmed the youngster will join Paul McGuinness' academy ranks. Regan, who was released by Cardiff before linking up with Newport, also attracted the interest of Liverpool and Fulham, according to BBC Sport, but becomes United's seventh signing of the summer. BBC Sport also claim the deal to bring the teenager to Old Trafford cost United £100k, rising to £400k.
United have also been involved late outgoing deal on Tuesday with 18-year-old goalkeeper Kieran O'Hara joining Morecambe on a one-month loan deal, as confirmed by the League Two side. "We welcome Kieran and hope he enjoys his time here and learns a lot from his experience," manager Jim Bentley said.