Manchester United are on the verge of securing a three-year contract for their promising Under-21 striker, Joe Hugill, as per The Mirror.
The decision to keep the 19-year-old came after the Red Devils’ manager, Erik ten Hag, turned down the idea of loaning Hugill during the summer transfer window,
Hugill’s journey with United began three years ago when he made the switch from Sunderland. His growth, particularly at the Under-21 level, has raised hopes that he’s primed for an extended stint in senior-level matches.
During the summer transfer window, numerous EFL clubs expressed interest in acquiring Hugill on loan. However, Ten Hag insisted that Hugill stay with the club, citing the need for closer monitoring of his progress and the possibility of his involvement in senior matchday squads.
The 19-year-old has enjoyed a promising start to the current Premier League 2 season, notching three goals and an assist in four matches. His rising prominence is poised to be rewarded with a new contract.
Despite participating in four competitions this season, United’s central striking options are relatively limited, with Rasmus Hojlund and Anthony Martial – who has grappled with multiple injuries and fitness concerns in recent seasons, as well as Marcus Rashford – who has predominantly played in the left wing this season, being the only options to fill the centre forward role.
As the January transfer window approaches, numerous clubs are eager to secure Hugill on loan. Considering his impressive performances for both the Under-18 and Under-21 sides, as well as his involvement in last year’s FA Youth Cup triumph, United faces a crucial decision regarding the young talent’s future.