O’Neill snaps up tremendous young talent.
Aston Villa have agreed a fee with Leeds United for Fabian Delph.
Villa released a statement confirming they have been given permission by Leeds to talk to the midfielder.
The highly rated 19-year-old has risen through the ranks at Elland Road and was a regular for United in League One last season.
Manchester City and Everton have also been linked with the player and United confirmed they have rejected bids from Premier League clubs.
A Leeds statement added: “Leeds United wish to place on record our appreciation for the honourable manner in which Aston Villa have conducted their interest in the player.
“The club has resisted approaches from other FA Premier League clubs since agreeing terms with Aston Villa.
“Having given Villa our commitment to transfer the player (subject to a medical), we had no intention of going back.” (BBC Sport)
After failing to secure promotion out of League One Leeds United boss Simon Grayson was always going to struggle to keep teen sensation Fabian Delph at the club and it’s good to see the club noting the excellent way Aston Villa dealt within the rules to secure the deal, which in today’s game is rare to say the least.
It had been reported elsewhere that Man City were leading the chase but the England Under 21 star could well have chosen wisely as he may well struggle to get noticed at Eastlands, especially if Mark Hughes keeps spending shed loads.
Martin O’Neill has got a hot prospect to mould and I can see the Bradford born midfielder becoming a big star for the future who could well make an impact this coming season, such is the level of his obvious ability.