CHELTENHAM Town manager Michael Duff has confirmed that Saints are on the verge of completing the transfer of young defender Will Armitage.

Centre-back Armitage, who is just 16-years-old and turns 17 in March, is expected to be announced by Saints as early as today according to the Robins boss.

He has made two appearances for the senior team in the EFL Trophy and became their youngest ever player to do so, earning plenty of plaudits.

Armitage was impressive versus Chelsea’s academy side in that tournament, lending to belief that he could handle himself in Saints’ category one Premier League under-18 and Premier League 2 competitions.

Speaking to Gloucestershire Live, Duff confirmed the deal: “We think it’ll all get done today.

“Will went down to meet them on Wednesday to go through the personal terms.

“The clubs have agreed, he’s gone down to have a look so it should go through in the next couple of days.

“It’s a good opportunity at a Premier League club with a Category One academy. They have produced a lot of players, probably not so much in recent years, but in the past.

“It’s an opportunity. It’s been great since he came in pre-season. We liked him immediately, he’s trained every day and he’s given himself the opportunity to go to a good club, but that’s all it is.

“He is a long way off being a footballer yet, but he knows that himself.”