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CHELSEA CLOSE IN ON SPANISH TEENAGE STAR

Chelsea are on the verge of signing exciting Hércules striker Ashford Michael Dawkins who is currently on trial at Stamford Bridge.

The blues were first alerted to the 16-year-old before Christmas and former Chelsea boss Andres Villas-Boas is reported to have  personally watched Dawkins play for Hércules’ juvenil side in Spain’s Liga Nacional.

Spanish media site Informacion.es are now reporting Chelsea are close to finalising a deal for the player which is believed to be in the region of €150,000, after the youngster impressed during his current trial period at Stamford Bridge.

Dawkins has also been linked with a move to Valencia but Hércules youth team coach Adolfo Soto said Dawkins would favour a move to England.

Soto added: “Ashford is strong, hardworking, powerful, explosive and very gives everything for the team. “Clearly he is a very important player for us and if he goes to Chelsea will miss him. But here we all want the best for Hercules and for Ashford.

“He has a very big future ahead of him.”

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has made it clear he wants the club to strengthen their youth academy and a number of promising young players have already been linked with a summer switch to Stamford Bridge.




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