Manchester United and Crystal Palace are reportedly leading the race to bring former Arsenal academy player Malcolm Ebiowei back to the Premier League.

Malcolm Ebiowei with Derby County (Photo via Ebiowei on Instagram)
Malcolm Ebiowei with Derby County (Photo via Ebiowei on Instagram)

Malcolm Ebiowei played for Arsenal as a young player, before leaving as a 16-year-old to join Rangers after reports of problems behind the scenes.

There was never any doubting the youngster’s ability, and Arsenal had already used him at u18 level at just 15, fast-tracking him through the ranks.

Ebiowei spent a season and a half at Rangers, before joining Derby County last September. But he only signed a one-year deal, and with Derby’s relegation to League One, the teenager is now looking for his third transfer in three years.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Manchester United and Crystal Palace are leading the race, with AS Monaco also making enquiries. Ebiowei is expected to stay in England as things stand.

Palace have been linked with a move for a while, with multiple outlets reporting in April that they’d push to sign him. Having already signed former Gunner and Derby striker Luke Plange in January, Patrick Vieira is looking to bring in another.

Omari Hutchinson (L), Khayon Edwards and Malcolm Ebiowei (R) (Photo via Instagram / OmariHutchinson10)
Omari Hutchinson (L), Khayon Edwards, and Malcolm Ebiowei (R) (Photo via Hutchinson on Instagram)

Now 18, Ebiowei made himself a regular for Derby in the final months of the season.

The winger ended the campaign on a run of 11 consecutive Championship starts, and looks to be developing into the player he promised to be before his departure from Arsenal in 2020.