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Man United reinforce their dedication to youth with move for Jude Bellingham

Manchester United are plotting a bid for Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham, according to The Mirror.

What’s the story?

The 16-year-old has been highly impressive in his breakthrough Championship season, scoring three goals and assisting once in 17 starts and six appearances off the bench.

His level of performance has seen the England youth international gain recognition, as he was awarded the EFL Young Player of the Month award for November.

This has led to interest in the teenager from various clubs, with Man United seemingly heading up the queue to sign him.

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It is suggested that the Red Devils are offering a hefty downpayment with add-ons that will take the deal above £12.5m, though the player is said to be in no rush to leave his boyhood club.

If United can pull this deal off, it would see them extract one of the Championship’s brightest talents, similarly to what they did with Daniel James during the summer.

Dedication to youth

This reinforces the dedication to youth that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has shown, whether that is through the use of United’s academy or the transfer market.

Against Norwich City alone, the Norwegian started academy graduates Brandon Williams and Marcus Rashford, as well as Andreas Pereira, who first played for the club’s U18s.

They were joined in the starting lineup by another player who indicates Solskjaer’s intentions: 22-year-old full-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

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In addition to that, the substitutes used were academy graduates Mason Greenwood and Angel Gomes, alongside 22-year-old James.

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By bringing in someone such as Bellingham, the manager and club would be reinforcing their desire to ensure Old Trafford gets to see exciting young talent.

It is unknown how much initial game time Bellingham would get, considering he only has half a season at Championship level under his belt, but it has been made clear that the manager is willing to give young players a chance.

Meanwhile, one Man United target has received glowing endorsements.

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