Arsenal star Khayon Edwards approached by Brighton over transfer with 18-year-old still yet to sign first pro deal

BRIGHTON have reportedly made an approach to prise Khayon Edwards away from Arsenal as they join Chelsea in the race to nab him.

The 18-year-old is facing an uncertain future in North London with the teenager yet to sign a professional contract.

Arsenal starlet Khayon Edwards has been linked with a move away from North LondonCredit: Getty

Gunners striker Edwards is yet to sign a professional contract at the Emirates

Gunners striker Edwards is yet to sign a professional contract at the EmiratesCredit: Getty

Edwards has been in superb form for the Gunners this season – chipping in with 17 goals and six assists in 22 games for the Under-18s and U23s.

He is currently on a scholarship deal that is set to expire at the end of the campaign.

Arsenal are eager to tie him down to a contract, with the two parties having been in negotiations over the past few months.

But they know that the centre-forward is attracting plenty of interest as Chelsea weigh up a possible swoop.

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And now the Mirror have stated that Brighton have entered the frame in trying to secure Edwards’ services.

They state that the Seagulls have enquired about bringing the English ace to the Amex Stadium in the summer.

The news outlet however adds that Arsenal are still hoping to persuade the player to keep on at the club.

It has also been reported that German sides RB Leipzig and Hertha Berlin are keeping tabs on Edwards, along with Dutch giants Feyenoord.

Meanwhile it is believed that Leeds, Newcastle and Southampton have also shown interest in Edwards.

Edwards is one of a number of youngsters currently in talks with Arsenal over a professional deal.

Speaking recently, academy boss Per Mertesacker spoke of his vision to create a “Strong Young Gunners” at a Youth Development webinar.

He said: “I think it was formulated four years ago, in my last season as a player.

“I came up with a framework of what I believe, from my own experience and also by talking to people.

“Strong Young Gunners means this is our vision where we want our players to stand strong in every scenario they will face.

“We are passionate about creating youngsters who can rise to any challenge and we have a rich history and heritage we want to pay tribute to and carry on.”


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