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American goalkeeper Charlie Horton signs for Peterborough, formerly linked with Bolton, Chelsea, Tottenham, and Manchester United

Charlie Crowhurst

A little more than a month ago, Bolton Wanderers were apparently linked to 18-year-old American goalkeeper Charlie Horton, who had previously had trials with Manchester United and Chelsea. The goalkeeper, who came up through the IMG Soccer Academy and a United States Soccer Development Academy graduate, had been (per a report in the Mirror) invited to train with Tottenham Hotspur by American goalkeeper Brad Friedel.

Nothing really came out of Bolton's supposed interest (or Tottenham's, for that matter) and it all went pretty quiet. The Whites would eventually sign Erik Bukran, a 16-year-old Hungarian goalkeeper, to join their development ranks.

Charlie Horton has now been signed by League One side Peterborough United, who were relegated from the Championship at the end of last season. The 6'4" American has signed on for three years at London Road.

Manager Darren Ferguson told Posh's official website:

"Charlie has got a lot of potential and we look forward to working with him and trying to develop that potential. He is a big lad, at 6"4, and is someone we have been looking at in training."

Goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker also talked up the young American:

"The lad has got enormous potential and we hope he realises it with us. He has never had any full-time coaching, so we feel that working with him on a day to day basis will help him. He is one for the future. We have some excellent goalkeepers at the club."