Leicester City are on the verge of beating Manchester United to the signature of Grimsby Town talent Ben Grist, according to the BBC.
The English prodigy is a highly-rated young midfielder at Blundell Park and has been chased by several clubs.
The 16-year-old caught the eye in last year’s September when he was just 15 but was picked in the Mariners’ EFL Trophy clash versus Harrogate Town.
Manchester United have been keen on snapping him up and were believed to be ready to pay a hefty compensation fee.
But it has been stated that the youngster has decided to reject interest from Manchester United to move to Leicester City.
Ben has been training with the Foxes’ Under-18s for the last few weeks and has impressed the managers there.
The midfield sensation has agreed to pen a scholarship deal with Leicester and join the club’s academy.
The club are also close to agreeing on a compensation sum with Grimsby Town and are on the brink of snapping up the teenage midfielder.
Elsewhere, Manchester United are reportedly closing in on an eye-catching £68 million double transfer swoop as the club look to wrap up summer deals for Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Atletico Madrid’s Kieran Trippier.