Arsenal set to miss out signing of highly-rated Sunderland defender

Manchester United reportedly beat rivals Arsenal and Tottenham to the landing of wonderkid Joe Hugill from Sunderland.

The Old Trafford side shelled out £300,000 to land the 17-year-old from the Black Cats last year and the attacker is already being earmarked for a step-up to the senior team by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Hugill netted four in a win against Liverpool for the Under-23s earlier this month and though Ole was quizzed after the game about the debut of new acquisition Amad Diallo, it was Hugill that the manager was raving about.

‘We’re gonna give him [Diallo] the time to settle in. If we go from that game [vs Liverpool], I’d pick Joe Hugill,’ said Ole.

‘Four goals by Hugill, he’s a top striker as well, we’re looking forward to seeing his development.’

Sunderland were devastated to lose the highly-rated striker but United weren’t alone in their bid to sign Joe, with the Daily Mail revealing that the Red Devils beat rivals the Gunners and Spurs to his signature.

Meantime, Arsenal star Kieran Tierney has made his return to the full training ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europa League tie with Benfica.

The defender has been sorely missed in the latest weeks since sustaining a calf injury, which has forced the Scot to sit out his side’s last five Premier League matches.

The Portuguese full-back Cedric Soares has done a satisfactory job filling in on the left-flank side, but Kieran has proven himself to be irreplaceable in that position for Mikel Arteta, and the Arsenal manager has now received a huge boost over the talent’s fitness.