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Patrick Roberts signs for Man City

last updated Sunday 19th July 2015, 4:55 PM

Fulham striker Patrick Roberts
Fulham striker
Patrick Roberts
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Manchester City have completed the signing of Fulham teenager Patrick Roberts in a further move to boost their homegrown ranks.

Roberts, who plays as a forward or winger, moves for an undisclosed fee but the figure is understood to be £11m, with £5m up front for the 18-year-old with a further £6m in add-ons.

Roberts is City's fourth summer signing, and the third Englishman following the arrivals of Raheem Sterling from Liverpool, Fabian Delph from Aston Villa and young Turkey striker Enes Unal from Bursaspor.

City announced the signing on Twitter with a picture of Roberts putting pen to paper but offered no details of the deal.

Fulham simultaneously announced the deal, saying: "The club can confirm that Patrick Roberts has joined Manchester City for an undisclosed fee. We wish him the best of luck in the future."

Roberts played just 22 times for Fulham after he made his debut as a second-half substitute against City in Fulham's 5-0 defeat at the Etihad Stadium in March 2014.

The Cottagers had been keen to keep Roberts, but it is understood he handed in a transfer request in order to seal a move to the Premier League club.

Roberts has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He also led Fulham to the 2014 FA Youth Cup final, which they lost 7-6 on aggregate to Chelsea.

City urgently needed to add homegrown players to their ranks after the departures of James Milner, Frank Lampard, Dedryck Boyata, Scott Sinclair and Micah Richards left them with only Joe Hart and Gaël Clichy before their flurry of moves in the past week.

Patrick Roberts was born 5 February 1997 in Kingston-upon-Thames and has represented England at Under-16, Under-17 and Under-19 levels. He made 17 appearances, mainly as a sub, in the Championship last season for Fulham

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