Aston Villa to ransack West Brom academy again as £1m transfer agreed for Jamal Jimoh
Aston Villa have ransacked some of the brightest talents to emerge from the West Brom academy in recent years, and yet another starlet is now set to walk the path to Villa Park.
Birmingham Live journalist Joe Chapman reported (13 June) that the Villans have now agreed on a £1million fee for Baggies academy midfielder Jamal Jimoh, who is set to start as a scholar at the club.
The teenager, who has five caps for the England Under-17 team, has also been tracked by a number of Premier League clubs, including, Tottenham and Manchester United.
Albion had a pre-contract agreement in place with Jimoh for him to become a first-year scholar, but Villa have moved to bring him across the West Midlands.
This transfer continues a regular theme from recent years, with Villa cherry-picking the very best Albion youngsters for a long time now.
The Young Lions have pickpocketed highly talented players such as Tim Iroegbunam, Finn Azaz, Finley Thorndike, Triston Rowe and Luka Lynch from their local rivals, with Rico Richards of West Brom also being looked at.
Such a move is yet another indicator of the large levels of investment that Nassef Sawriris and Wes Edens have pumped into the Bodymoor Heath set-up over the last few years.
Villa continue to churn out profitable player after profitable player from the youth ranks, with Jack Grealish moving away from the club for a British record fee of £100million, and Carney Chukwuemeka sealing a move to Chelsea for £20million last summer.
Within the Aston Villa first-team, the likes of Jacob Ramsey and Cameron Archer continue to shine after graduating out of the Bodymoor Heath ranks.
The club continues are continuing to revel in their new-found European status, all the way from the first team down to the grassroots level.
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