The race is hotting up for Southend United’s youngster, Dru Yearwood, according to The Sun’s Tom Barclay.
The 19-year-old midfielder has already played 52 games in League One over the past two seasons and it’s no surprise that a host of teams are knocking at the door.
Earlier today, Tom Barclay claimed that Rotherham United had a bid of around £200,000 rejected by Southend.
Yearwood made 27 appearances for the Shrimpers last season as they managed to salvage their League One status in a very tight season.
He had a good season for the club and Rotherham weren’t the only team that realised as allegedly Middlesbrough and Bristol City are being the latest clubs to have shown their interest in him.
I'm told Rotherham's rejected bid for Yearwood was £200k with £50k in add-ons. Middlesbrough and Bristol City have joined the list of clubs monitoring his progress
— Tom Barclay (@TomBarclay_) June 18, 2019
With Southend turning down £200,000 for the midfielder, we have asked some of the FLW reporters whether they think Southampton were right to do so.
“I think this is the right decision.
“With two years left on his contract at Roots Hall, Southend are under no pressure to sell Yearwood, and the midfielder has the ability to play a big part for Southend in the coming years, as shown by the performances he has put in for the club.
“Given the number of clubs also interested in Yearwood, Southend will probably feel they could get more than this initial offer through the process of a bidding war between the interested sides.
“£200,000 is an insult.
“They’ve developed this young player, given him his chance, risked playing him over experienced players. He’s worth more than a paltry £200,000.
“They’re absolutely right to reject it and, if they had accepted it, Yearwood should have turned the move down.
“If he’s ambitious, the bare minimum has to be a step up to the Championship.
“In terms of price, £500,000 seems a fair amount. Any less is robbery.”
“I’d be shocked if Rotherham pick up Yearwood and think Southend were spot on in rejecting that offer.
“£200,000 in this current climate is, in all honesty, a shocking offer.
“Being the club Southend are, they will take any investment they get with open arms, but £200,000 is well below half of what they will look to recuperate.”