The transfer window may be closed for another season, but that has not stopped the Manchester City scouting machine in searching out young home-grown talent, with 14-year-old Sunderland winger Morten Spencer the latest player being linked with a move to the Premier League champions, according to The Sun.
Spencer is considered one of the stars of the Sunderland Academy, that is renowned for producing players that are often snapped up by bigger clubs.
The Black Cats will be entitled to compensation of about £200,000, but will also look to negotiate a slice of any future transfer fee should the youngster make a move to the Etihad.
So should the Black Cats look to hold onto their starlet?
“I think Sunderland should be resigned to losing him.
“Spencer will have the stars in his eyes when teams like Manchester City are interested in him.
“Sunderland should take the money and let him go.”
“If Man City are sniffing around him, you know he’s a talented boy.
“The Premier League Champions don’t mess around and if they rate Spencer, so should Sunderland.
“Keeping hold of him will be the aim, but it is easier said than done.”
“The problem is, how can they?
“Sunderland are unable to offer him a full-time contract because of his age, and he is able to leave for a small fee.
“There is only so much the League One club can do, but if a club like Manchester City come in, then it’s futile.”