English starlet makes MLS switch

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Highly-rated England youth international Jason Banton looks set to join the likes of David Beckham, Thierry Henry and Robbie Keane next season after signing with the MLS.

Skysports.com reports how the 19-year-old midfielder has turned his attention to the USA as he looks to continue his footballing development, in a bid to fulfill his potential.

Banton has been on the books of Barclays Premier League heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool in the past, but having failed to make the grade in this country will try his hand on another continent.

"Jason is excited and looking forward to the challenge ahead," his advisor Ryan Badu told Sky Sports. "At this stage of his career reserve-team football is not aiding his development.

"The MLS is growing and they are now looking to invest in youth from abroad."

Banton joined Arsenal at the tender age of seven, and came through the Gunners' ranks under the tutelage of Arsene Wenger, alongside Jack Wilshere and Benik Afobe before moving on to Blackburn Rovers.

The teenager then became Reds boss Kenny Dalglish's first signing since his return to Anfield last January, and during his time at Liverpool, Banton enjoyed a trial with Chivas USA back in April.

After deciding to transfer to the MLS, Banton's representatives at Ad Alta Sports believe their client's switch could become a common trend amongst England's most talented youngsters.

"With competition for playing time hard to find for talented young players at the bigger clubs in England, this type of move could well turn out to be more a common trend than a flash in the pan," concluded Badu.

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