ARSENAL and Chelsea have suffered a transfer blow after Middlesbrough tied-down hotshot Calum Kavanagh to a long-term deal.
The 17-year-old Irish youth forward caught the eye of a host of clubs with his goalscoring exploits for Boro’s Under-18s.
Sun Sport exclusively revealed that had led both the Gunners and Blues to begin planning a move.
And Scottish giants Celtic were also circling for the striker.
However Boro have convinced the in-demand starlet that his future lies with Neil Warnock’s side.
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Kavanagh, the son of former Premier League midfielder and Republic of Ireland midfielder Graham, has penned a three-year professional contract at the Riverside.
Boro’s academy manager Craig Liddle said: “We’re delighted Calum has signed a professional contract.
“He’s shown great application and has a real good work ethic.
“He has a long way to go and a lot to learn, but this is another step on the ladder for him and his continued development.”
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Dad Graham, who made 46 appearances for Boro in the 90s, previously said: “For the age he is at and what he is doing, he is certainly a better prospect than I was at that age.
“He’s got a great mindset, is very professional, very driven and tough, mentally strong. He’s definitely got a chance.”
Kavanagh kicked off this season with a brace for Boro U18s in a 3-0 win over Leeds.
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