Republic of Ireland underage international Ayodeji Sotona has left Manchester United after the talented teenager turned down a new deal at the club.
The 17-year-old scored the winner in February's FA Youth Cup quarter-final triumph against Wigan – but the forward will not be available for the semi-finals should the tournament get completed.
Sotona, who was last year reported to be the club's fastest player in training, has decided to leave United for pastures new, having failed to agree terms with the club.
It is understood Sotona was offered a three-year professional contract by United but talk of a five-figure weekly wage was deemed prohibitive by the club.
The 17-year-old’s desire to make a first-team impact sooner rather than later was another complication, especially with the likes of Shola Shoretire, Noam Emeran and Dillon Hoogewerf competing to impress in a similar area.
Sotona, known as 'Deji', was born in Waterford and grew up in Mullingar before joining United's academy. He is also eligible to represent England and Nigeria at international level but has played for Ireland's U16 team.
Isak Hansen-Aaroen has also been added to United’s teenage attacking pool, with the club confirming the signing of Tromso’s youngest ever player on Friday.
United have received international clearance for Barcelona’s Marc Jurado and Real Madrid full-back Alvaro Fernandez, with Atletico Madrid’s Alejandro Garnacho set to join them.
It is understood Manchester City’s Charlie McNeill is another due to join the club. The initial fee of just under £750,000 could rise to £1.35 million if first-team add-ons are met.