WANDERERS have driven a hard bargain to land Sheffield Wednesday’s prized young full-back Hayden White for just £100,000.

The jet-heeled 18-year-old, who has recently been on the radar of Tottenham and Manchester United, is now officially a Reebok player after a fee was agreed between the two Championship clubs.

White rose quickly through the ranks of the Academy at Hillsborough and was tipped to make a breakthrough into Dave Jones’s first team this season.

But he ruffled the Owls feathers by turning down a professional deal, leaving the way clear for Dougie Freedman to take advantage of his availability and make the steal.

Neither Wednesday nor Wanderers wanted to risk the lottery of an independent tribunal for the teenager but sources over the Pennines claim the South Yorkshire club have been left feeling that they have lost one of their most promising talents on the cheap.

Freedman is already making significant progress with some of the Whites’ younger players and has given a handful of them first team experience.

Chris Lester, Tom Eaves, Jan Gregus, Zach Clough and Samni Odelusi were among those drafted into the senior ranks in the final stages of last season – and more could follow with the manager repeating his desire to blood youth earlier this week.

“My message to any young player is simple,” Freedman told fans in a Twitter Q&A on Thursday. “If they show the right qualities in training they will be given the opportunity to play.

“Seeing players develop on a daily basis in front of your own eyes is one of the best feelings. That really motivates me.”