Former Arsenal youth captain set for move six months after leaving North London

Elton Monteiro has been lent to NEC Nijmegen on trial while in Marbella with Club Brugge - and a deal looks on the cards.

In the summer Arsenal went on something of a purge throughout the club - allowing an abundance of youth team and first team players to move on from the club and seek pastures new.

One such player was Elton Monteiro.

The teenage defender arrived in North London back in 2010 from Swiss outfit FC Sion as a scholar - and signed a professional deal in February 2011.

He was a major asset in the clubs youth teams and reserves - even captaining the under-18 side throughout 2011-12.

But he never made the grade at a first-team level and this summer decided to chance his arm with Belgian Pro League outfit Club Brugge after three years in North London.

Not many of the young players who left Arsenal have made a big impact in their new clubs - with Kyle Ebecilio possibly the stand-out at FC Twente.

But not many are reportedly being moved on already.

However that is the case with Monteiro.

Just six months after his move it appears Brugge are looking into letting the player depart already.

Monteiro has joined Dutch side NEC Nijmegen on their winter break training excursion in Marbella, Spain - with a view to a permanent move at the end of it.

The report in AD.nl says …

Elton Monteiro trains on trial along with the selection of NEC. The 19-year-old talent is currently still under contract with Club Brugge. If the training camp from both sides like him, an agreement will be met.

The two clubs are both currently in Marbella, along with several other clubs for some warm weather football during the winter-break. And it appears the clubs decided on allowing Monteiro the chance to turn out for the Dutch side considering his lack of football at Brugge.

Arsenal are of course without Theo Walcott for the rest of the season - and are said to be targeting the 26-year-old for a potential six-month loan spell.

In fact, Sky Sport Italia reporter Gianluca Di Marzio has commented on the potential deal - suggesting Arsenal have been in touch with the Bianconeri recently to assess the availability of the player.

The question of whether Arsenal need the player or not, which in my humble opinion they don’t, is for another day - but the whether they really are after him is slightly interesting.

Despite the reports that came out last night - earlier on the very same day his agent Andrea D’Amico was actually speaking specifically on the future of the player.

And he certainly didn’t mention Arsenal, despite being happy to wonker

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