Manchester City have made a nine-year-old child prodigy of Ghanaian descent a summer transfer priority.
Manuel Pellegrini will embark on another multi-million spending spree ahead of next season, with Porto pair Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando leading contenders to arrive at the Etihad Stadium.
But the title-chasing club are also hot on the heels of West Ham sensation Omari Forson, who is 10-years-old in July. His parents are from Ghana but are UK based.
Massive things are expected of the youngster, who has been at the Upton Park club since the age of five.
Main man: Omari (front row, centre) has played a starring role for West Ham Under 10s and 11s this season
Forson has played a starring role for the Hammers’ Under 10s and 11s this season – and his performances have caught the attention of City scouts.
The Hammers are desperate to keep hold of the quick left-footed forward, who has been likened to Paris St Germain striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but fear City’s growing status as a European superpower could be too much to resist.
Meeting the stars: Omari, pictured right with Robin van Persie, has been at West Ham since the age of 5
The prospect of being part of City’s burgeoning academy plans is understood to to be a key selling point for Forson’s family.
City are set to move into a new £100m training facility this summer, which includes brand new state-of-the-art youth football facilities.
Watch videos of Omari since he was a child below:
Omari’s skills, freekicks and goals at the age of SIX
Omari’s skills, freekicks and goals at the age of FIVE
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