Brighton set to fire offer for Charlie McArthur in bid to beat West Ham to signing - report
West Ham are in the race to sign Kilmarnock teen defender Charlie McArthur, according to the Daily Record.
The Scottish outlet report on their website that Brighton and Wolves are always in the mix as a move to the Premier League nears.
It is shared that Brighton are set to launch a £275,000 offer in order to win the race and seal a quick deal.
The 16-year-old has a number of different first-team appearances as he looks to break through fully under Derek McInnes.
Kilmarnock have not yet decided whether to cash in on McArthur or instead bleed him into the senior squad as they push for promotion.
With McInnes’ side now sitting top of the Scottish Championship, the chance to play top-flight football in his home country could see him stick around for one more year.
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McArthur looks to be the next big thing coming from the lower leagues in Scotland, with few and far between making it from there.
A big move to the Premier League will no doubt catch his eye, but could moving too early affect his career progression?
The 16-year-old has been described as an “unbelievable talent” previously at Rugby Park, so below £500,000 would be a bargain [Herald].
Any deal would also include significant add-ons as so many of these transfers for young talents do nowadays.
David Moyes will hope that his Scottish influence can help a deal, and West Ham are a club clearly on the up with European football always the goal now – that has to have a say.
It’s a big next step, and it looks as though McArthur will need to make up his mind sooner rather than later.
In other West Ham news, Yaya Toure has said he would be open to helping this Irons star improve to the next level
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