Millwall insist they have received ‘no inquiries’ for reported Arsenal and Manchester City target Fred Onyedinma.
The Daily Star claimed earlier today that both the Gunners and Citizens, alongside Liverpool, sent scouts to watch the 16-year-old in action for the Lions’ U21 side against Brighton.
However, academy head Scott Fitzgerald has played down the speculation, and told prospective suitors that the club are eager to see Onyedinma represent the first team at the New Den at some stage in the future.
"We have got a lot of good players, and he is one of them. I feel the future is rosy because of the number of promising youngsters we have bubbling underneath. The task now is to enable them to take the next step - into the first-team set-up,” Fitzgerald told The South London press.
“We have had no inquiries from any other club for Fred. That does not mean he is not a good player. There might be people out there interested in him for all we know. But we have had no calls and nor do we want any.
"We would like to see him play in the Millwall first team eventually, as we would any of the teenagers on our books. We have worked hard to develop them all and if they can improve the first team squad then we are doing our job right."
Despite the remarks from Fitzgerald, today’s report in the Star claimed Onyedinma is yet to sign professional forms with the Championship club, and could be available for a compensation fee in the region of £200,000.
Arsenal boss has a track record of bringing young talent to the Emirates Stadium, with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson both moving to north London from the lower leagues in the past.
First team regulars Jack Wilshere and Kieran Gibbs have also graduated through the Gunners’ highly-regarded academy.
Manchester City, meanwhile, are less renowned for bringing young players through the ranks at the Etihad Stadium.
However, the Citizens have big plans for a new academy complex close to their current ground, and the signing of Onyedinma would show that manager Roberto Mancini is starting to take his transfer dealings in a different direction.