London: English third-tier club Tranmere Rovers announced on Wednesday that teenage forward Dale Jennings had joined German giants Bayern Munich for an undisclosed fee.
The 18-year-old striker, who only made his debut for Rovers last season, scored six goals in 32 appearances for north-west side Tranmere, who play in League One - two divisions below the elite Premier League.
Yet that was enough to impress four-time European champions Bayern and lead the club, who finished third in the Bundesliga last term, to complete one of the more improbable moves of the pre-season transfer window period.
"This is an amazing opportunity for Dale and one which any young player would jump at," said Tranmere manager Les Parry in a club statement.
"Bayern Munich made us a very good offer for Dale and we're happy for him to progress his career with them in Germany."
"He has had an incredible 12 months with us now and hopefully he'll go on to do great things with Bayern," added Parry, whose club are situated a short distance from Merseyside top-flight teams Liverpool and Everton.
"It is a feather in the cap for our youth system and a great motivation for all the young players in the first team squad down to the centre of excellence that if they continue to work hard and impress the right people then anything is impossible."
"I'm sure our fans will keep an eye on his progress and I'd like to wish Dale the very best of luck. He'll always be welcome back at Prenton Park."
Jennings, who was rejected by Liverpool at the age of 15, was spotted by former Bayern midfielder Dietmar Hamann who played against him last season for MK Dons when the teenager netted twice.
Jennings is likely to begin with the Bayern second team who were relegated to the fourth division last year.