Chelsea lead Arsenal in £3m race for wonderkid striker

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Chelsea are leading Arsenal in the race to sign West Bromwich Albion wonderkid Isaiah Brown, reports the Daily Star.

The 16-year-old striker finds himself at the centre of a transfer tug-of-war as he verges on a first-team breakthrough at The Hawthorns in 2013/14.

Brown was on the bench for West Brom's trip to Chelsea in March, and made his debut against Wigan Athletic at the age of 16 years and 117 days, becoming the second youngest player in Premier League history.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke is determined not to lose the talented teenager and has slapped a £3million price-tag on his head, in an attempt to ward off interest from the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have been monitoring Brown's development as he weighs up a bid to lure him to the Emirates Stadium.

However, it's Chelsea who are in pole position to secure the player's signature, having already held talks with his representatives over a move to Stamford Bridge.

The England youth international is currently on a two-year scholarship deal with West Brom, who are unable to secure Brown to a professional contract until he turns 17 in January, meaning there is a good chance he could be snatched by Arsenal or Chelsea this summer.



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