Arsenal are in pole position to sign 16-year-old striker Sam Greenwood from Sunderland’s academy, according to reports.

Chronicle Live write that Arsenal, Stuttgart and Manchester United have all shown an interest in the young forward, but the Gunners are currently the favourites for his signature.

Greenwood was under contract with Sunderland until the end of the season, but reportedly refused a new deal, meaning he can leave as a free agent for a small training compensation fee.

It’s no surprise Greenwood’s caught the eye of some of the top English clubs, considering he scored 21 goals in 26 games for Sunderland’s u16 and u18 teams last season. He also provided six assists in the u18 Premier League, and earned three appearances for the England u16s.

Of course, Arsenal aren’t really lacking in the striking department at youth level. Stephy Mavididi and Chuba Akpom are returning from loan spells, Eddie Nketiah is on top form, and Folarin Balogun looks like stepping up to take Nketiah’s place as soon as he leaves the u23s for senior football.

Nonetheless, if you have the chance to sign an exciting young striker, you don’t pass it up. Hopefully Arsenal get the deal over the line and we see Greenwood in North London very soon.