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Arsenal hand trial to Belgian teenager Jason Eyenga-Lokilo

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Arsenal are attempting to sign Belgian wonderkid Jason Eyenga-Lokilo before his 16th birthday in September and have invited the Anderlecht starlet to join the club for a short trial later this month.

Eyenga-Lokilo is a versatile attacking midfielder who has attracted attention from a number of top European scouts over the last few months, with Chelsea and Manchester City also thought to be monitoring his progress closely.

The 15-year-old's father has reluctantly accepted that his son's long-term future may lie away from Belgium and allowed Arsenal to offer him a trial at their London Colney training ground over the next few weeks, according to Islington Gazette reporter @AFCAcademy, who reported the news on Twitter earlier today.

Belgian football blog Benefoot provided more detailed background to the potentially promising news for Gunners fans with an exclusive on the situation this morning, with Arsenal academy chief Steve Morrow making a formal enquiry to Eyenga-Lokilo's parents after watching him play in person last week.

Aston Villa, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain have also made close checks on the talented youngster in recent months, but Arsenal are now in pole position to win the race for his signature after persuading his dad that a move to England would aid his development.

Lokilo's father is still reported to prefer Anderlecht as his son's best long-term destination, but contract talks have not progressed well thus far and created a window of opportunity for Arsenal to act.

It's now up to Gunners chiefs to manage his trial and create the right environment for professional terms to be signed, as Arsenal look to prize Belgium's latest potential superstar away from the Jupiler League.

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