YOUNG Millwall midfielder Fred Onyedinma has agreed to sign a long-term professional contract with the club following a meeting with Steve Lomas.
Onyedinma has been training with the first-team squad since pre-season began on Monday and is expected to be handed a squad number ahead of the new season.
The Lions said in a statement that they "fought off approaches from a number of Premier League and Championship clubs" to keep hold of the 16-year-old, who was last season's Schoolboy Player of the Year and Young Player of the Year.
Academy boss Scott Fitzgerald told the club's official site: "We're delighted that Fred is staying with us and is now progressing into the senior ranks. He has shown great commitment to this club and we have done likewise to him.
"Steve Lomas spent some time with Fred and his family earlier this week, and with everything the manager has on his plate having only just arrived here, it is clear that he sees the development of our talented youngsters as a priority.
"Fred has already been training with the first-team squad this week and I'm looking forward to seeing him develop."
Onyedinma had been linked with Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool, whilst Reading were also believed to have been keen. Speaking last week, Fitzgerald said: "Fred's name has been in the papers but we've got other good players as well.
"Fred is 16-years-old and has just taken his GCSEs, so let's not get carried away. But he's someone we've identified as definitely having potential – and it seems a few other clubs have as well. We think there's a future at Millwall for him."