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Clyde Best welcomes interest reportedly shown in Ajani Burchall by Arsenal

Ajani Burchall on debut for Bournemouth

Clyde Best believes that Arsenal would be an ideal club for young winger Ajani Burchall to join.

The English Premier League side have reportedly shown an interest in securing the Bermudian’s services.

According to a report in The Sun newspaper, Burchall is poised to leave Bournemouth in the summer after declining a scholarship deal at the Sky Bet Championship club.

It is reported that several clubs have shown an interest in securing Burchall’s signature, with Arsenal understood to be at the “head of the queue”.

Best, the former West Ham United striker, said: “I think it’s fantastic because Arsenal have a good youth set-up. If you look at the young boys that are playing for their first-team right now, they’ve turned out some good players.

“They have done that since Arsène Wenger was there. He set up a good youth programme and it has continued, so it’s great for Ajani if he decides to make that move.

“Any of our young players that have a chance to play at that level, hey, take it. Not only that, you see, as it’s good for us as a national team because you’re going to have quality.”

Burchall joined Bournemouth in 2019 after being offered a pre-scholarship to join their academy.

The former Bermuda Under-15 forward, who still attends school, made an historic debut for Bournemouth’s first team against Huddersfield Town in the league at the Vitality Stadium last December.

Aged 16 years and 37 days, the former North Village youth player became the youngest Bermudian to appear in the English Football League and the third-youngest Bournemouth player behind Jimmy White and Jayden Stockley after coming on as a late substitute in a convincing 5-0 win over visiting Huddersfield.

Before then Best had been the youngest Bermudian player to appear on the big stage in England, aged 18 years and 182 days when he made his debut for West Ham in a 1-1 draw at home to Arsenal on August 25, 1969.

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Published February 20, 2021 at 10:30 am (Updated February 20, 2021 at 10:30 am)

Clyde Best welcomes interest reportedly shown in Ajani Burchall by Arsenal

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