Ex England star's son swaps Man United for Leicester in free transfer switch

Leicester City

The Foxes were busy in the transfer market yesterday, making a trio of signings for their return to the Premier League.

When the Premier League disclosed their list of released players, there were plenty of names that stood out from the rest.

Nicklas Bendtner, Frank Lampard, Ashley Cole, Rio Ferdinand - plenty of stories there and plenty of journeys coming to an end.

But look a little deeper and the real story is that there are a whole host of young footballers who have failed to earn their first or second professional contract.

One such player is 19-year-old forward Jack Barmby, discarded by Manchester United and snapped up by recently promoted Leicester City.

Barmby, who is the son of former Spurs and England player Nick Barmby, had been seen as a promising youngster, going so far as to earn England Under-19 caps, but was moved on after a spell on loan this season with Hartlepool United in League Two.

He finished the season with 5 goals in 17 games for Pools, but didn't manage to secure a contract at the Manchester giants.

A switch to Leicester, who have incorporated other promising United youngsters that didn't quite make the grade at Old Trafford such as Matty James, Danny Drinkwater and Ritchie De Laet, may end up being the making of Barmby junior.

Barmby's arrival at the King Power Stadium was one of three announced yesterday, with Matthew Upson and Marc Albrighton also signed up.

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