Manchester United hot prospect Louis Rowley has agreed a one-year deal with Leicester City, reports the Daily Express.

The 19-year-old becomes the second Manchester United youngster to join the Foxes this summer after Jack Barmby agreed a deal back in May.

Versatility

Manchester United reserve team manager Warren Joyce was a firm fan of Rowley. The player was utilised on both full-back positions as well as appearing as a defensive midfielder on several occasions. 

That versatility proved vital for Joyce's men, who reached the final of the Under-21 Premier League. Rowley sat out the final with injury. Manchester United lost to Chelsea under the floodlights of Old Trafford, but the campaign was considered a rousing success by coaches.

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Rowley was making headway in the youth ranks and had recently broken into the UEFA Youth Champions League League. He impressed on his debut in a 4-3 win over Bayer Leverkusen.

Development programme

Leicester are continuing their youth recruitment plan as they look to build for a future in the top flight. Nigel Pearson's men won promotion back to the Premier League last season and is believed both Rowley and Barmby will join the youth development programme straight away with a view to developing into first team regulars.

Poaching Manchester United talent

Pearson has been successful in his poaching on top Manchester United talent in the past. Danny Drinkwater, Matty James and right-back Ritchie De Laet all moved from Old Trafford to the KC Stadium in 2012 and were instrumental in Leicester's promotion push.

They are expected to keep their place in the side as they plan to take on Premier League opposition although several additions are expected to arrive to provide more competition.

Van Gaal wants experience

The loss will not send shockwaves around Old Trafford. For a number of seasons it appears the impetus has been on playing established talent rather than developing youth.

Louis van Gaal is expected to rebuild Manchester United with world-class additions and has been charged with the task of winning the Premier League. That leaves very little space for all but the very best of Manchester United's youth products.

Adnan Januzaj and Danny Welbeck are two notable success stories to emerge from the academy in recent seasons. James Wilson also impressed when he made his Premier League full debut against Hull City.

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