According to 90Min, Middlesbrough are set to fend off Leeds United and West Ham United for Pharrell Willis.
It’s claimed that Boro have agreed a new long-term deal with Willis, securing his future at the Riverside Stadium.
Chelsea, Leeds and West Ham had all allegedly shown an interest in signing Willis, but he has chosen to stay with Boro.
The 18-year-old primarily plays as a winger, and has bagged an impressive eight goals in 22 appearances in the Under-18 Premier League.
Willis was born in London but has chosen to stay in the North East rather than head back to the capital with West Ham.
Leeds’ interest involved Victor Orta looking to raid his former club, but Willis won’t be joining the developmental ranks at Elland Road.
This is a major boost for Neil Warnock and co, who may now want to get Willis fast-tracked into the first-team setup.
For Willis to pick them over Premier League interest is not to be sniffed at, and he will hope that the decision pays off over the coming years.
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