Arsenal are reportedly close to securing a deal for Aston Villa midfielder Daniel Crowley in the summer after Arsene Wenger gave his scouting team the go-ahead to make a move for the 16-year-old.The teenager has already shown glimpses of his talent and is being heralded as the 'new Jack Wilshere' among the scouting team.
The Daily Mail reports that the Frenchman was impressed by his performance for England in the Victory Shield, an annual home nations international tournament. Manchester City were also reported to be in the hunt to sign the youngster.
A coup for the teenager will add to Arsenal's already rich tally of youngsters, with the likes of Serge Gnabry, Hector Bellerin, kristoffer Olsson and Gedion Zelalem poised for greater things with the Gunners at a later stage. Aston Villa' s youth academy is regarded to be among the best in the country, something which was surmised by their performance in the nextGen series, ultimately going on to win the tournament by beating Chelsea in the finals.
Wenger on Moyes
Meanwhile, Wenger believes the Premier League champion's decision to appoint David Moyes to succeed Sir Alex Ferguson at the helm of Manchester United is an intelligent one. The Everton manager was handed the honour last week after it was confirmed that the Scotsman will leave his perch after spending 26 years at the club. Ferguson will preside over his last league game against West Bromwich Albion on the final day of the season at the Hawthorns, having already lifted the trophy after their 2-1 win over Swansea this weekend.
"It looks like an intelligent appointment because he knows the Premier League well. It looks as well that it's a long-term appointment, that story hasbeen done for a long time. But it makes sense. Of course it's a step up for David Moyes now because the demands will be huge when you follow a guy like Ferguson. But he looks like he can fill in with quality, competence and has the experience and knows all the Premier League players," Wenger told www.arsenal.com.