Manchester United have a put deal in place to sign Brighton’s teenage midfielder Toby Collyer.
The 18-year-old defensive midfielder has captained England at U16 and U17 level but had failed to agree terms on a deal at Brighton, where he played 25 games for their U18s and U23s last season.
The teenager had enjoyed a successful trial period with United appearing in a friendly game for the club’s U23s against Huddersfield Town last month and suitably impressed the coaching staff.
Collyer, who also had interest from Chelsea, has agreed a three and half year contract ahead of formally signing for United.
This season Collyer has played just once for Brighton, featuring for the U18s against Leicester in August.
Although he is mainly a midfielder, Collyer filled in at centre-back on a couple of occasions for Brighton U18s last season.
Collyer made his debut for Brighton U23s against Tottenham in January 2021 shortly after turning 17.