Manchester City agree to pay Leeds for academy duo Hutton and Swann

13 October 2009 07:56
Manchester City will pay Leeds United £800,000 in compensation to end the row over two 14-year-olds who left Elland Road for Eastlands in the summer.[LNB]League One Leeds were unhappy that academy prospects Louis Hutton and George Swann were both lured away by the Premier League club and rejected an initial offer of £70,000 for the pair.[LNB]However, City have now upped their offer to end the row after Leeds chairman Ken Bates revealed the two clubs have reached agreement.[LNB] Good deal: Ken Bates (left) has done well from the likes of Luke Garbutt[LNB]Bates was basing any claim on what his club received from Everton for 16-year-old defender Luke Garbutt. The Toffees were told to shell out £600,000 - rising to £1.55m - by a tribunal.[LNB]In 2006, Leeds were awarded £4m in compensation from Chelsea after they signed Tom Taiwo and Michael Woods.[LNB]Leeds have already called for Premier League clubs to be docked points for poaching players - although neither Manchester City nor Everton have been found guilty of breaking any rules in their dealings with the youngsters and face no charges.[LNB]Reports in The Times suggest City are looking to establish a link with French second division side Arles-Avignon by which they could loan youngsters out to gain experience, and will meet with them this week to finalise a deal.[LNB] Tribunal backs Bates: Everton could pay Leeds up to £1.5m for GarbuttSPECIAL REPORT: African academies will bleed our continent dry of talentRobinho closes in on £33m Manchester City exit as Barcelona agree to match his £160,000-a-week mega dealMANCHESTER CITY FC

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