Gunners youth product on City radar - report

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Watford youngster Tommie Hoban is on Arsenal and Manchester City’s radar, with the Gunners youth academy product showing great potential for both club and country, according to the Daily Star.

Hoban has made just one appearance for Watford since joining the senior team this year, but his performances for the Republic of Ireland have attracted attention from clubs looking to build on their youth.

Arsenal let go of Hoban in 2009, but Arsene Wenger is sending scouts to watch the youngster as he considers making a bid for the defender to return.


City, meanwhile, are turning to bringing in more youth players so their success can become sustainable in the long term, and with the creation of a new youth training centre, the club’s billionaire owners are hoping to turn towards creating a team of champions rather than buying them.

And particularly after Carlos Tevez refused to play on Tuesday night, City are hoping to bring in players who are more down to earth, and while Hoban completed his youth training at Arsenal to build on his potential, he will not have anywhere near the same wage demands that current players at City.

But with Hoban’s still tender age of 17, Arsenal will fight hard to sign the wonderkid if they feel he would fit into the squad.

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