Shaquille Hunter tipped for big things at Anfield or the Ethihad Stadium.
Sky Sports understands a host of Premier League clubs are hoping to snap up Bristol Rovers starlet Shaquille Hunter.
The 16-year-old winger has up to a dozen top-flight clubs chasing him, and it is believed Manchester City, Liverpool and Fulham are amongst his admirers.
Hunter has emerged as Rovers’ prized asset and has already been called into the first-team squad for a number of games this season.
Rovers are now deciding whether to cash in on Hunter or not, as they are well aware of the proposed Elite Player Performance Plan which, if implemented, this summer could see them lose out on a possible bumper deal.
The EPPP sets a tariff for young players being sold to clubs, but if Rovers brokered a deal now they could decide their own fee and deal, which could easily be in excess of £1million.
SOURCE: Sky Sports
With Liverpool linked with Huddersfield ace Jordan Rhodes yesterday, it appears as if the Reds’ transfer policy is changing.
Last January and in the summer, the club elected to sign what they hoped would be immediate solutions – with mixed success.
Approaches for Rhodes and Hunter would indicate that the club is thinking longer term.
It is a similar story for Manchester City – for the last few years the biggest spenders of all clubs in England, with their eye on finished products rather than potential.
Hunter is a tricky winger who is beginning to earn involvement with the Bristol Rovers first team despite his tender age.
The fact that Bristol Rovers may elect to cash in on their young talent now though merely illustrates the delicate issues raised by the EPPP.