The Montreal Impact announced the signing of centerback Luis Binks on Tuesday afternoon.
The 18 year-old — who has logged more than 20 appearances for English youth national teams — will occupy an international roster spot and will officially join after passing a medical and received his international transfer certificate.
Binks initially joined the Impact as a trialist during the team’s training camp and he has featured in preseason games. The Englishman, whose first name is pronounced “Lou-wee,” is one of the Impact’s tallest defenders at 6-foot-2.
“We are very happy to acquire this young player with a very high ceiling,” Impact sporting director Olivier Renard said in a statement. “Luis has chosen this club and Montreal to continue his career. He is a defender with high passing quality, who has shown great maturity on the field since the start of camp in St. Petersburg. We hope he’ll integrate well into the group and acclimate quickly to MLS.”
Binks is a product of the Tottenham Hotspur academy, which he joined at the age of six. The centerback logged more than 2,000 minutes in 2019-20 with Tottenham’s U-18, U-19 and U-23 teams.
“It was very hard, it wasn’t something that I thought overnight to move on to something else,” Binks said on an Impact presentation video. “It was a long thought process but when this opportunity came up, I couldn’t really turn it down. To come work with the manager, the coaching staff and coming to a great league as well.”
At the international level, Binks represented both England and Scotland. He featured in the English U-16, U-17 and U-18 squads, and in the Scottish U-16 and U-18 teams.
Binks has played as a left and right centerback in four-man back-lines, and as the lone centerback in a three-back formation. In 54 appearances with Tottenham’s youth teams in various competitions, he tallied three goals and two assists.
Binks is not currently on the Impact’s roster for the Concacaf Champions League. Montreal has until 44 hours before the Feb. 26 return leg to add their new signing.