Fulham have won the race to sign Irish teenage sensation Noe Baba ahead of competition from Manchester United, Sunderland and Celtic, reports the Daily Mail. The 16-year-old defender opted for the London club after being convinced their recruitment and academy set-up would give him a better platform to progress.

The Cottagers will formalise details on Thursday and Baba, who has already passed a medical and agreed a contract, will join from January for a fee of around £130,000.

He was called into the Republic of Ireland Under 19 squad in October and can play centre-back, defensive midfield or full-back.

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