Liverpool & Man City transfer target sentenced in shock cocaine scandal

According to reports from Yorkshire Evening Post, a Leeds-based footballer once chased by Liverpool and Manchester City has been sentenced for his involvement in a £140k cocaine deal.

19-year-old Anton Brown was a transfer target for Liverpool and Manchester City and reportedly came close to signing for a Premier League club shortly before his arrest in September 2015.

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He and friend Nathaniel Wisdom were stopped by police after taking a kilogram of cocaine from fellow accused Joshua Pyke as part of a £140k deal.

Brown is said to have thrown the cocaine from a Vauxhall Astra in a Morrison’s bag – which was later found to have Pyke’s finger prints on it.

Brown, Pyke, Wisdom and Kane Dacosta – who arranged the deal – were sentenced to a combined 24 years by Leeds Crown Court.

The former Whites youngster has been sent to a young offenders institute for three-and-a-half-years after being found guilty of conspiracy to supply cocaine.

Barrister Michael Collins later declared that a serious injury had made Brown susceptible to becoming involved in the crime, despite him having no prior conviction record.

As quoted by YEP, he said; “This is a highly talented young footballer who was scouted by two professional clubs in the English Premiership – Manchester City and Liverpool.

“They came looking for him and he was progressing well until he was hit by a car. He suffered injuries that meant he was unable to train and he was dropped by both clubs.

“It seems quite clear from the evidence that this is something that he was drafted in to do at very short notice.”

Brown still has hopes of one day forging a career at semi-professional level.