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Martin Odegaard agrees deal to join Bayern Munich

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Norwegian wonderkid Martin Odegaard has decided to snub a whole host of top European clubs in favour of a move to Bayern Munich, which will be completed when he turns 16 on Wednesday.

That is according to German publication SPORT1, who reveal that Odegaard has already spent several days in Munich and finally opted to continue what has all the makings of a very promising career with the Bundesliga's biggest team.

The 15-year-old has embarked on something of a globetrotting tour across the continent over the last two months in an effort to sort out his future, spending time with Liverpool, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Ajax to name but a few. Their efforts look to have been in vain though, with Bayern set to formally confirm the talented youngster's signature at some point during the next 24 hours.

Big decision to be formalised on Wednesday

For anyone unaware of Odegaard's talents, the clever playmaker has been dominating games in Norway for Stromgodest throughout 2014 and made his senior international debut at the age of just 15 in August.

Already the youngest player and goalscorer in the history of the Norwegian Tippeligaen, the time has come for Odegaard to further his football education with a top European club.

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Liverpool's efforts come up short

Effectively every single leading European club has at least looked into the possibility of signing Odegaard, but the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea effectively backed away after learning just how frenzied the bidding war for his services had become.

Liverpool took a more aggressive tact and invited the teenager to their Melwood training complex earlier this month, a move replicated by United, Madrid and Barcelona.

Ajax had also hoped their proven track record for nurturing talent would help them bring Odegaard through their famous youth system, but German football is very much flavour of the month and Odegaard looks to have followed that trend by favouring Bayern.

A player Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has dubbed the 'talent of the century' will reportedly put pen to paper on a contract with the Bavarian giants tomorrow, ending one of the longest-running transfer tussles of the season by quite some distance in the process.

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