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Last Updated: Monday, 13 February 2006, 16:11 GMT
Blackburn swoop to sign youngster
Mark Hughes
Hughes' capture of Gunning represents a major coup
Blackburn manager Mark Hughes has beaten off competition from Chelsea to sign highly-rated 15-year-old centre-half Gavin Gunning.

The Republic of Ireland Under-15 international, who has been likened to former Arsenal defender Tony Adams, had been scouted several times by Chelsea.

However, he opted to snub the champions in favour of a move to Ewood Park.

The player's agent, John Stokes, said: "He was watched by several clubs but has worked very hard to get here."

The deal represents a major coup for Rovers, who are targeting a European place this season.

However, it is the second time in a month Chelsea have been snubbed by a promising youngster following Theo Walcott's decision to join Arsenal over the Blues from Southampton.




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