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Ex-West Ham winger Blair Turgott close to pro move thanks to Vardy academy

Former West Ham winger Blair Turgott is rebuilding his pro career thanks to Jamie Vardy's academy.

The Mirror says Vardy's V9 set-up showcased 42 hopefuls in front of 60 scouts at Manchester City academy's first team campus recently.

It led to striker Danny Newton last week clinching a contract at League Two Stevenage after leaving Conference North side Tamworth.

Now Vardy's latest find Turgott is also on the brink of a deal with Stevenage after travelling for a medical yesterday (Monday) ahead of penning a one-year deal.

Turgott, 23, is an ex-England U19 player and West Ham youngster who was languishing at Bromley last season after falling down the leagues.

He has had off the field problems after being charged in April with fraud offences.

But Turgott expects to be cleared at a hearing in October after presenting new evidence and it has persuaded Stevenage to give him another chance.

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