Peterborough United have raided non-league football once again by completing the signing of highly-rated striker Idris Kanu from Vanarama National League club Aldershot Town.
The seventeen year old has signed a three-year deal with Posh after they agreed an undisclosed fee with the Shots.
Kanu began his career at West Ham United’s academy and joined Aldershot last summer.
His form with his new club led to him being linked with moves to a number of clubs including Reading, Manchester City and Leicester City.
Kanu actually spent time on trial at Manchester United, scoring twice for the Red Devils’ Under-18s side.
It is Peterborough United that have won the race for his signature and he follows the likes of Dwight Gayle and Marcus Maddison in making the move from non-league football to London Road.
Kanu also becomes the fourth non-league player to join the Posh this summer after they signed Ricky Miller (Dover Athletic), Danny Lloyd (Stockport County) and Alex Penny (Nuneaton Town).
Posh manager Grant McCann believes his new signing adds “something different” to his squad.
Speaking to the club’s official website he said ““I am delighted to get Idris into the building, he is a big talent. I watched him last year at Aldershot and the kid has unbelievable ability. We will try and nurture him, we believe he is ready for the first team now and we will work with him on the training ground to improve him.
“For such a young lad to play so many games for Aldershot speaks volumes. Credit to him, he left an Academy to play league football and men’s football and there was a lot of interest in him, from Premier League clubs too, so he showed a great desire to want to sign for Peterborough United and I am looking forward to working with him.
“Idris can play in any of the front three positions, he is a player that likes to get at players with the ball, he is quick, strong and can play with both feet. He is something different, he is good technically and plays off the cuff a little bit. I think he will complement the three strikers we already have at the football club”
Kanu commented “When I heard about Peterborough showing an interest, it was definitely a club that I wanted to speak to because everyone knows what the club can do with young players. I had a short spell with Manchester United on trial and scored two goals for their under 18s, but I wanted to play men’s football.
“I learned a lot in my time with Aldershot both on and off the field. It was good to test myself physically at that level up against men and was able to deal with the dressing room environment. I am looking forward to getting started with Peterborough now.”
Kanu could make his Peterborough United debut when they kick off their SkyBet League One campaign with a home game against Plymouth Argyle on Saturday.
Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)
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