Wolves have completed the signing of talented teenager Tawanda Chirewa, who was being tracked by both Arsenal and West Ham United.

The club announced the news yesterday, with the 19-year-old coming in from Ipswich Town.

The midfielder has become the second arrival for the U21s in 2023/24, after Matty Whittingham already signed.

Chiwera actually made his debut for the Ipswich first-team in November 2019, when he came on as a substitute in an EFLP Trophy game against Colchester United.

With that appearance, he became the second youngest player to feature for the club.

Academy manager Jon Hunter-Barrett said of him “It’s one that we’re delighted to get over the line. We’ve been watching Tawanda for a while now, since the age of 16, and monitoring his progress before picking the right opportunity to approach and get him across for his services.

“His key qualities are his handling of the ball in tight areas and an ability to get the team up the pitch to create and score from deep areas.”

It is reported by the East Anglian Daily Times that Wolves will pay a compensation fee for Chirewa.

He is also said to have turned down a new deal at Ipswich in favour of signing for Wolves.

Wolves sign Tawanda Chirewa after Arsenal and West Ham showed interest

Seemingly this is a fairly impressive coup from Wolves.

Because Chirewa was reported to be on the radars of Arsenal and West Ham at the start of the summer.

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His performances for the Ipswich U23s caught the attention of the Gunners and the Hammers, both of whom wanted to sign the Shenfield-raised youngster for their academies.

Chirewa – described as ‘athletic’ and ‘talented ‘ by Wolves head of UK academy recruitment Harry Hooman – will now look to make his mark with the U21s under James Collins.

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