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Official: Wolves sign England youth international defender from Manchester City

Wolves have announced the signing of versatile defender Ed Francis from Manchester City for an undisclosed fee.

The 19-year-old, an England youth international up to under-19 level, had been with City from a young age and was sent out on loan for the first time this season with Dutch second tier side Almere City.

Premier League club Wolves have decided to invest in Francis’ potential, snapping him up from City on a two-and-a-half year deal with an option for a further 12 months. Ed will link up with Wolves’ under-23 side.

Wolves Academy’s head of player development, Scott Sellars, worked with Francis while employed by City and commented on the teenager’s arrival.

“We looked at what our requirements were moving forward, what we already had, and the opportunity came up where Ed was looking to move on,” Sellars said.

“I spoke to some staff there (at Man City) and Ed was always talented from a young age. He can play centre-back, left-back or centre midfield so is very versatile.

“When that quality of player becomes available we have to discuss it to see if it’s a good bit of business for ourselves. We felt moving forward he could really add to the group and at 19 he has a lot of potential.”

In a tweet, Francis thanked everyone at his boyhood club, saying he was honoured to have represented them.

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