Deji Sotona turned down a three year offer to join OGC Nice in Ligue Un.
A Westmeath teenager is leaving Manchester United to join French club Nice.
17-year-old former Mullingar Athletic striker Deji Sotona turned down a 3 year contract at Old Trafford to move to Patrick Viera's side.
He spent the last few years on the books of the Premier League side after joining their academy from Mullingar.
Sotona has represented Ireland up to U16 level but is also eligible for Nigeria.
In a statement announcing the transfer, the club said “OGC Nice is delighted to welcome a player with great potential who will join Patrick Vieira’s group this season.”
Nice finished 5th in France's Ligue 1 last season, giving them a place in this season's Europa League.
The Westmeath man can also play as a winger and made the headlines last year when a speed test at Carrington clocked him as the fastest player at the club.
He managed a top speed of 22.9mph, a fraction quicker than full-back Diogo Dalot.
He joins another former Manchester United player on the books in Morgan Schneiderlin.