Manchester United striker Jack Barmby - son of former England international, Nick - has left Old Trafford to join newly-promoted Leicester City. The 19-year-old has been recruited for the Foxes’ development squad with a view to promoting him to the first team.
Barmby, a former England Under-19 international, impressed during a loan spell with League Two outfit Hartlepool United in the second half of this season, scoring five goals in 17 appearances.
The forward, who can also play on the left wing, was United’s Under-18 top scorer in the 2012/13 campaign - but fierce competition for places at Old Trafford meant he was never likely to challenge for a first-team place.
“Everyone at Manchester United wishes Jack well for the future,” read a statement on the Red Devils’ official website.
Leicester will play Premier League football next season - the first time since 2004 that the Foxes have competed in England’s top flight domestic league. Nigel Pearson’s men were promoted from the Championship as emphatic champions, recording a hugely impressive 102 points from 46 matches.
Whether Barmby is handed the chance to make his Premier League bow is unlikely, but the teenager has a much better opportunity of forcing his way into Leicester’s first team than Manchester United’s.
The Red Devils will be hoping, however, that Barmby doesn’t follow in the footsteps of the likes of Giuseppe Rossi and Paul Pogba by flourishing and becoming a household name away from Old Trafford.