Jude Bellingham the midfielder Arsenal are close to signing

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There are just nine days left in the January transfer window – and one player who continues to be linked with a move to the Premier League is Birmingham City midfielder Jude Bellingham.

The 16-year-old has emerged as one of the country’s top young talents, with several Premier League clubs casting their eye over the teenager this season.

That includes Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool, who have all been named as potential suitors for the youngster.

Indeed, Sky Sports have reported that United have tabled a bid for Bellingham this month in a bid to beat their rivals to his signature.

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So what do you need to know about the teenager? We take a look, below.

Who is he?

Jude Bellingham was born in Stourbridge in June 2003.

He joined Birmingham City as an Under 8 player and has been with the Blues ever since, rising through the ranks.

His father Mark played non-league football as a prolific striker, and his younger brother Jobe is also in the academy at Birmingham.

In 2018, Jude Bellingham made his debut for the Blues’ U23 side at the age of 15 and scored the only goal of the game as Birmingham beat Nottingham Forest 1-0 away from home.

He has continued his progression since then, starring for Birmingham’s development squad and featuring for England at various different age groups, with his performances earning him a place in the list of FourFourTwo’s 50 most exciting teenagers in English football.

Bellingham, who is captain at U18 level for England, made his first team debut for Birmingham last August, starting for the Blues in a 3-0 defeat against Portsmouth in the Carabao Cup, and becoming Birmingham’s youngest ever first team player at the age of just 16 years and 18 days.

His league debut came against Swansea City, also in August, as he came on as a substitute for Birmingham in the Championship clash.

How has he got on since then?

Bellingham came off the bench in Birmingham’s game against Stoke City at the end of August and made a huge impact, scoring his first senior goal as he netted the winner at St Andrew’s.

He then netted the only goal of the game as Birmingham beat Charlton Athletic away from home in their next game, having earned his first start in the Championship.

The 16-year-old has gone on to score two more goals, with four in 26 appearances in all competitions for the Blues so far this season.

Bellingham was also named the EFL young player of the month in November.

What is his playing style?

The teenager is technically gifted and is comfortable on the ball, having shown composure and maturity beyond his years this season in the Championship.

He is quick and can skip past opponents, while he also has skill and guile on the ball, with the teenager praised this season for rarely conceding possession and coping with the physical nature of the division.

What has the player said?

In terms of his role, Bellingham has proved himself capable of playing in a more advanced role in midfield, or deeper in the middle of the park.

And, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail, he has said that there are benefits to both positions.

“In each role a part of my game excels. So, when I’m playing deeper, I get to show my vision,” he said.

“When I’m playing wide, I get to show a bit more creativity and dribble a bit more.

“When I’m in the eight position I can show I can play box-to-box and as a number 10, creating. So, that the best thing for me.”

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