Arsenal are ready to fill the gaps left in the academy sides by recruiting early this summer, and according to reports a move for Oliver Burke is looking likely.
The Nottingham Forest winger has impressed since breaking through into the first team during 2014, and is now attracting attention from various clubs in the Premier League according to a report in today’s Mirror.
At 19 years of age, Burke has been known for his versatility on either side of the wing ever since he became a member of the Forest academy back in 2005, at just eight years old.
Ever since then he’s been sent out for a brief loan spell at Bradford City, and although he doesn’t have the goals to back up his appearances, there is no doubting his work rate.
His desire to play regular football in the Championship was what ultimately earned a call-up to the Scottish national team, where he made his debut for the country on March 10th.
So far this season he’s bagged two goals in 19 appearances for Forest, and Arsene Wenger has been alerted to his style of play to ensure a deal can be snapped up quickly.
Arsenal’s failure to make automatic promotion in the Under-21 side despite several appearances from first team players has forced the academy into a play-off round in order to regain their status in Division 1.
And the emergence of players such as Alex Iwobi and Jeff Renne-Adelaide has left spaces opened up for possible signings like Burke, who comes with a disciplined approach to the game.
It is not yet known whether an official bid has been placed for the youngster, but with the futures of both Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in doubt, could this be the Gunners future winger?