Arsenal have completed the signing of Under-15 striker Jay Beckford from Leyton Orient.
The League One club said that Arsenal have met a valuation for the player which was within the guidelines of EPPP (the Elite Player Performance Programme).
Leyton Orient academy director Andy Edwards said: “He has been a credit to the club all the time he has been here. We are disappointed to lose him. We wish him all the best at Arsenal.
“We have got some exceptional players in our academy of which Jay is one. Arsenal have met the valuation which is linked to the EPPP guidelines and unfortunately we lose him.
“The club have received a sum of money which is quite substantial should he go on and become successful there. We are doing a good job, and as part of that sometimes you are going to lose your better players, but we still think we have a lot of good players in our system who have got the potential to come through and play in the first-team.”
Beckford was called up to the England U16 squad for the fixture against Northern Ireland in November but didn’t feature.