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Sources: Palmer-Brown close with Juve

Juventus have moved a step closer to signing hotshot American teenager Erik Palmer-Brown from Sporting Kansas City, according to sources familiar with the process.

Industry sources told ESPN FC that the Italian giants are making progress in their attempts to prise the promising defender away from the MLS champions after having a reported $1 million bid rejected last month.

Palmer-Brown, just 16, is regarded a future star for the U.S. national team with the potential to be a top-flight centreback or full-back who's blessed not only with size but excellent feet.

The teen is already a fixture of the U.S. national team program at youth level and became the youngest current player in MLS when he signed with his hometown club last August.

He's been part of the Sporting KC Academy since he was 13 and turns 17 in April.

"I'm not really sure what's going on," Palmer-Brown told the Kansas City Star in January when news of Juventus' interest first surfaced. "It would be cool if it's true, but I'm really happy to be here and happy to be with Sporting.

"It's really cool, but I'm still young. I'm still developing my game. I'm glad to be here at home with the MLS Cup [winners]."

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