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article imageManchester United to Sign 14-Year-Old Striker

By Chris V. Thangham     Nov 10, 2007 in Sports
Manchester United has reached an agreement with Burnley soccer club from Lancashire to sign 14-year-old striker John Cofie. No transfer fee amount is disclosed to the media but some say they must have signed for a six-figure deal.
The Lancashire-based second division club Burnley reported this transfer on their website. They were short on funds and since John Cofie refused to play for their club, Burnley decided to sell him to Manchester United who had expressed interest in this young player.
No fee amount was disclosed, but the local media reported that they signed a six-figure deal and Burnley received more than one million pounds in compensation.
Burnley said they negotiated a 25 per cent sell-on clause for Cofie and have the first option on loaning back the player at a later date. United also agreed to play a friendly match with Burnley within the next 12 months.
The club’s operational director said they tried to persuade John Cofie to stay with their club but since he didn’t, they had to transfer him.
Tim Bailey of Beswicks, a sports lawyers agency, is the legal representative and spokesman for the Cofie family. He said John is delighted to join the famous Manchester United club and is looking forward to this next step in his career.
Cofie is considered to be one of the best young talents in the country. Clubs like Liverpool and Chelsea were also actively trying to recruit him, but Manchester United won in the end.
Unlike American sports, British and European clubs recruit players early on.
I think if there was such a system in North America, there would be plenty of young talent in basketball, baseball and other sports.
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