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England’s leading clubs are circling around Fulham starlet Ryan Sessegnon in an attempt to conclude a big-money deal for the teenage full-back during January, according to the Daily Mirror.

A report on the paper’s website by journalist John Cross this morning suggests that City have tried to rush towards the front of the queue for Sessegnon’s services by registering their interest in signing the sixteen year-old. No formal bid has been tabled but City see Sessegnon as a potential long-term successor to their ageing full-backs Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Aleksandar Kolarov.

Arsenal have held a long standing interest in Sessegnon having seen a bid worth £3m rebuffed last January. Several scouts from top English clubs have been paying close attention to Sessegnon since he burst into the Fulham first team to such great effect earlier this season and Liverpool are known to be monitoring his progress particularly closely.

For their part, Fulham have reportedly concluded a pre-contract agreement with Sessegnon that will see him sign a professional contract on his 17th birthday in May. He is known to be greatly appreciative of the club’s part in his impressive development and with his twin brother Steven also performing well in the Fulham academy is in no rush to leave. The England youth international made was handed his first-team debut by Slavisa Jokanovic in the EFL Cup win at Leyton Orient back in August and has made nine appearances for the club, scoring twice.