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Man City lead race to sign highly-rated 16-year-old Irish goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu

Independent.ie logo Independent.ie 10/08/2018 Daniel McDonnell
'Premier League champions City are keen to add Bazunu to their set-up having been impressed by his maturity in his first-team outings.' Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile © Provided by Irish Independent 'Premier League champions City are keen to add Bazunu to their set-up having been impressed by his maturity in his first-team outings.' Photo: Eóin Noonan/Sportsfile

Manchester City have taken pole position in the race to sign the highly-regarded 16-year-old, although Tottenham also remain interested in the promising netminder.

It's believed that Rovers are in line to collect an initial fee will be at least €400,000 for the player that would rise with clauses.

However, there was no rush to get any deal done before the close of the Premier League transfer window yesterday because Bazunu cannot move to England until next year.

He is on pro terms with Rovers and a player on that arrangement is not permitted to join an English club as an academy scholar.

Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers saves a penalty from Kieran Sadlier of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross in Cork © getty Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers saves a penalty from Kieran Sadlier of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross in Cork

Clubs are allowed to sign such players only as fully-fledged professionals once they turn 17, so Bazunu would have to wait until his birthday in February before he could be registered.

The player is open to staying at home until he completes his Leaving Cert.

It's likely that an announcement on his future will happen in the next week in the form of a pre-contract arrangement, but it remains possible that he will stay in Ireland until next summer.

Premier League champions City are keen to add Bazunu to their set-up having been impressed by his maturity in his first-team outings.

Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers celebrates after saving a penalty from Kieran Sadlier of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross in Cork © getty Gavin Bazunu of Shamrock Rovers celebrates after saving a penalty from Kieran Sadlier of Cork City during the SSE Airtricity League Premier Division match between Cork City and Shamrock Rovers at Turner's Cross in Cork The only Irish Premier League move yesterday was Harry Arter's decision to move from Bournemouth to Cardiff on a season-long loan deal, with the midfielder choosing Neil Warnock's top-flight newcomers ahead of Watford.

He was frozen out by Eddie Howe in the second half of last season.

Ireland U-19 international Canice Carroll left Oxford to step up to Championship side Brentford for an undisclosed fee.

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