Ben Marshall & Matthew Lund have both agreed to move from Crewe Alexandra to Stoke City. As both players are 18, Crewe are entitled to compensation due to training and development costs for the pair, who graduated from their Academy.
Marshall and Lund will join the rest of the first-team squad for training tomorrow, but neither are considered to be ready for top flight action just yet.
"Both players are good signings but are regarded as ones for the future," Stoke City's Academy manager Steve Holland told the club's official website. Holland formerly worked with the pair at Crewe's Academy, and the contact there reaped dividends.
"It's a pleasant surprise and a bonus to get them as it's usually very hard to sign players at their age," he offered. "The boys rejected offers from Crewe and then contacted myself regarding the possibility of coming to Stoke, and it's all gone from there.
"Matthew is a central midfield player who is good in the air, can win the ball and then use it well. Ben is an attacking player who can play up front and on the right wing."
Chief executive Tony Scholes told the Potters' official website that the club is "delighted" to have signed the two youngsters, and that they would endeavour to come to an agreement with Crewe over a sufficient amount of compensation.
Anthony Wright, Goal.com