Arsenal land another young starlet

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Arsenal are thought to have won the race for Dutch starlet Kyle Ebecilio after Feyenoord claimed the youngster had left for the Emirates.

The teenage midfielder has been heavily linked with a move to a Premier League club, with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger trailing the Holland U15 and U16 international intently.

Dutch website RTV Rijnmond reported that the north London club landed Ebecilio two weeks ago, with the 16-year-old reportedly ready to be unveiled in north London on July 1st.

A deal was never confirmed by either club, but Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker appears to have confirmed the move that will see the Gunners secure another highly-rated junior.

"We did what we could do by offering the kid a contract on time. But he wanted to wait, again this is his right. That he now goes to Arsenal, means that we only get a training allowance."

The Rotterdam club were left relatively powerless to prevent the deal, as was the case with Jeffrey Bruma (who signed for Chelsea), due to contract age laws in Holland.

"This is the story of (Chelsea defender Jeffrey) Bruma, he was also a great talent that unfortunately never played for us. I treasure Ebecilio highly," said Beenhakker.

Chelsea were also thought to be keen on the youngster, who is thought to have chosen Wenger's club with a view to more first team opportunities in the future.

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