Arsenal and Liverpool are among the clubs willing to battle it out for Preston North End starlet Josh Brownhill.
The former Manchester United trainee caught the eye in League One in 2013-14 and enjoyed a fine pre-season ahead of the current campaign.
Arsenal, Liverpool, Everton and West Brom have all deployed scouts to monitor the 18-year-old's progress.
Rated as one of the finest prospects in League One, it is thought that Championship outfits Fulham, Bournemouth and Huddersfield are also keen.
Preston face an uphill task to hang on to their prized asset, although there is the possibility he could be loaned back to Deepdale immediately following any sale.