Brentford have secure services of promising teenage defender Ben Hockenhull from Man United on a two-year deal with an option to extend his stay for one more spell.
The 18-year-old has been at Old Trafford since the age of nine, however, the Red Devils have decided to let him join the Championship team after playing 22 games for the Under-18 side.
He will link up with Brentford B from 27 July, while the senior team from Griffin Park will be competing in the Championship play-offs, starting the day before at Swansea.
The Bees narrowly missed out on automatic promotion to the English top-tier this campaign, losing to Barnsley on the final day of the 2019/20 season, which saw them fall two points short to play in the Premier League.
The teenage centre-back, who has reportedly caught the eye of a number of teams, has also appeared in the FA Youth Cup for the 20-times English champions and his new team are very excited to bring him in. Brentford B head coach Neil MacFarlane said: ‘First and foremost, Ben is coming from a top football club. He’s somebody that has fantastic presence on the pitch.
‘As a centre-back, size is important in English football, but he’s got much more to his game than that. He’s fantastic on the ball and in possession, and with us being a possession-based team, that will stand him in good stead. We think there is lots more development in Ben and he will be a great addition to the squad.
‘I’ve met Ben and his family, they are fantastic people, and that’s a big thing at this football club in that we bring in good characters. Ben is very level-headed and has got real drive and passion to do well at Brentford.’
The Red Devils statement read: ‘Everybody at Manchester United would like to wish Ben well for the future following his departure.’