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Manchester United make £12.5m bid for Birmingham City 'wonderkid' Bellingham

Manchester United have reportedly made a £12.5m bid to sign Birmingham City ‘wonderkid’ Jude Bellingham, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer continues his policy of targeting emerging, British talent in the transfer market.

Bellingham has attracted interest from some of Europe’s leading sides after his emergence at the Championship side, the 16-year-old becoming Birmingham’s youngest ever player and goalscorer since being handed his debut.

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According to the Mirror, Manchester United are now preparing a huge package for a player who does not turn 17 until June, the club keen to beat off competition to secure the signing of one of the most promising prospects in the country.

Despite Premier League interest, however, the report adds that Bellingham is not in any rush to depart St Andrews, the midfielder keen to continue gaining first-team experience in England’s second tier.

The England youth international has made 23 league appearances for his boyhood club so far this season, scoring three goals, and is thought to be keen to not put his development at risk by rushing into an exit.

Bellingham, who is represented by his father, is currently on scholar wages of just £145-per-week, though Birmingham are hopeful he will pen terms on a significant long term deal when he becomes eligible for a professional contract this summer.

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