SkySports is reporting that Newcastle United, Arsenal and West Ham are battling it out to prise highly-rated teenager Luke Freeman away from Gillingham. This 15 years-old lad is a big hit for the Football League One squad when he was plucked from the youth team by Gills new manager Mark Stimson to make his debut in their FA Cup defeat to Barnet.
“Luke Freeman has had a fantastic day at Newcastle United and a fantastic day at Arsenal.” Stim said on Gill’s official website, “He is going to West Ham United for a day to have a look around there. He will then make a decision.”
Luke Freeman born in Dartford, March 22, 1992 he’s first played for local side White Oak Wanderers in Bexley before representing Gravesham and subsequently being signed by Charlton Athletic. Charlton released him in 2003 and joined Gillingham at the age of 11.
His debut for Gillingham is set to re-new two records, became Gillingham’s youngest ever first team player, and the youngest player ever to appear in the FA Cup proper and breaking the old records previously held by Billy Hughes and Lee Holmes respectively.
Meanwhile, Joey Barton has been arrested again over an alleged assault following an all-night drinking session after the Wigan match. The police said, Barton was spotted on CCTV cameras allegedly ‘acting aggressively’ and bouncing from one group of people to another, apparently looking for a ‘fight’.
Barton is also still waiting a trial for assault in June next year following a training ground bust up with his former team-mate at Manchester City, Ousamane Dabo.