Borussia Dortmund have confirmed the signing of Birmingham City wonderkid Jude Bellingham, who will move to Germany once the Championship season is over.

The 17-year-old exploded on to the scene with Birmingham earlier this season, and his dominant performances at such a young age saw Bellingham attract major interest from some of Europe's biggest sides.

Manchester United quickly emerged as a major suitor for the teenager, but Dortmund swooped in and agreed a €25m (£22.7m) to bring Bellingham to Germany. He arrived in Dortmund on Thursday to put pen to paper, and the German side took to their official website to formally announce the deal.

Bellingham follows right-back Thomas Meunier in agreeing a move to Signal Iduna Park this summer, with Emre Can also finalising his permanent move to the club from Juventus.

After making his Championship debut back in August, Bellingham wasted little time in catching the eye. He fired home two goals in his next two appearances and helped Birmingham up to eighth in the table, but the Blues' form quickly began to fall apart.

Bellingham has been a bright spark in a disappointing season for Birmingham

Pep Clotet's side have tumbled all the way to 18th, and although they are yet to cement their place in the division next season, they need just two points from their remaining two games to ensure their safety.

Bellingham has now swapped a Championship relegation battle for a run at the Bundesliga title, and he will look at the example of fellow Englishman Jadon Sancho to see the kind of impact he will be given the chance to have.

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