After months of scouting in England’s lower leagues, an article in the Daily Mail Monday claims that New York Red Bulls are close to the signing of former England under-18 national team midfielder Dru Yearwood from Brentford.
A reported £1.5 million ($2 million) fee is close to being agreed for Yearwood’s services. The report claims the 20 year old’s deal was agreed earlier in the year but delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Yearwood is described as a central midfield player, music to the ears of RBNY fans concerned about the thin corps in the middle of the park since the departure of Tyler Adams in 2018.
Like fellow RBNY summer target Ivan Toney, Yearwood began his career as a standout at one of England’s smallest pro academies before having his career stalled by an overly ambitious signing. After starring as a teenager at Southend United, the Essex native Yearwood signed with ambitious London club Brentford only to find himself benched, making only five league appearances this season.
It’s not hard to imagine that, like Toney, Yearwood is a British teen sensation from yesteryear that new RBNY head of sport Kevin Thelwell (as well as new English head scout Paul Fernie) has kept on his shortlist as he crossed the Atlantic. OaM will have more on this story as it develops.