A number of clubs, including Premier League sides Wolves and Crystal Palace, are battling it out to sign Stoke forward Tyrese Campbell this month, talkSPORT understands.
Campbell, the son of former Everton and Arsenal player Kevin, has entered the final six months of his contract and Stoke could be willing to let him leave in January rather than risk losing him for free this summer.
This situation has alerted clubs in England and Scotland, with Crystal Palace, Bournemouth, Wolves, Rangers and Celtic all vying for Campbell’s signature.
Bundesliga leaders RB Leipzig are also keen on the 20-year-old having previously raided English clubs for talented starlets in Ademola Lookman, signed from Everton, and Ethan Ampadu, brought in on a loan deal from Chelsea.
Campbell is thought to be keen on playing regular football at the highest level and is open to the prospect of following in the footsteps of other English youngsters by moving abroad.
The young forward moved to the Potters as a teenager from Manchester City and has enjoyed something of a breakthrough season at the Bet365 stadium, with four goals in 21 appearances in all competitions this term.
He put in a man-of-the-match display against Huddersfield on New Year’s Day as well, bagging a brace and an assist to help Stoke battle back from 2-1 down to win 5-2.
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Campbell’s form at club level has also been noticed by the England hierarchy and he earned his first Under-20 caps towards the end of last year.
Though Stoke may be willing to let Campbell leave this month to guarantee a transfer fee, his departure would deal a real blow to the 21st-placed Potters as they attempt to secure their survival in the Championship.