Arsenal & Chelsea striker target signs first professional contract
Koby Arthur opts to sign for Birmingham City ahead of Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City
Birmingham City starlet Koby Arthur has snubbed reported interest from Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City, and put pen-to-paper on his first professional deal with the Championship club, reports Sky Sports.
According to the Daily Mirror last week, the 17-year-old striker had attracted widespread interest from the Premier League as he continued to excel from his position playing non-league football a little over a year ago.
Gunners boss Arsene Wenger was believed to be monitoring the youngster's progress ahead of a proposed bid to lure him to the Emirates Stadium, while Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich also reportedly wanted to entice Arthur to Stamford Bridge.
Manchester City complete the trio of top-flight clubs said to be tracking the young Ghanaian, who is on the verge of a first-team breakthrough at St Andrews.
"I have been hugely impressed with Koby and he has now become involved with the first team group on a daily basis," confirmed Birmingham manager Lee Clark, in an interview with the Birmingham Mail.
"He has a big future ahead of him and he fits the bill in terms of my philosophy of building a young, hungry and talented squad here at Birmingham City."
Arthur's decision to ignore the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, and Manchester City, and commit his future is great news for the Midlands club, who could have lost the exciting young talent for next to nothing had he not signed this contract.
"It's testament to the recruitment department, through a network of contacts and scouts we have managed to identify and recruit the player in a competitive arena," reflected Birmingham's Academy manager, Kristjaan Speakman.
"Furthermore, the staff have been fantastic in making Koby feel welcome, going out their way, easing the transition to life at the Academy.
"I'm sure that this combined with the manager's philosophy is why he has chosen to commit himself to Birmingham City FC."