Manchester United are said to be close to securing a deal for 16 year old James Overy, who currently plays non league football in Devon. United are said to have beaten three Premier League clubs, namely the Hammers, Everton and Leicester to a deal for the talented youngster.

Overy is eligible to play internationally for both England and Australia. Having previously been at Perth Glory, the youngster left the A league side last year after his family decided to move to England.

Since making the move to England, the 16 year old has been plying his trade for Newton Abbot Spurs who play in the ninth tier of English football. At 15 years old, Overy impressed in a pre season friendly against West Ham and would go on to catch the eyes of Premier League clubs.

According to newspaper the Manchester Evening news, United have presented Overy with a scholarship deal and are hoping the youngster will make the move to Manchester in order to join their academy set up.

It is expected that the 16 year old will accept Manchester United’s offer despite having interest from a variety of other Premier League clubs including West Ham, Everton and newly promoted Leicester City.

United’s academy is of course renowned around the world for it’s quality and high standards as their scouts are constantly on the hunt for young players with the ability to potentially break into the club’s first team.

Manchester United offering Overy a scholarship deal is a large step towards perhaps being offered a professional contract, which can be signed when a player reaches 17. Unfortunately for West Ham, it certainly looks as though the club will miss out on an opportunity to add a talented youngster to their academy ranks with Overy looking set to sign for Manchester United.