Leeds United and Sheffield Wednesday are among a number of Football League clubs chasing Barwell FC star Brady Hickey, reports the Hinckley Times.
Middlesbrough, Burnley, Mansfield Town and Oxford United are all keeping tabs on the 18-year-old who recently had a trial with Premier League club Leicester City.
It is unclear if the Foxes will rekindle their interest in the midfielder after he featured in a development match against Reading on Monday, and provided an assist in a 2-1 victory.
With the recent success of the likes of Jamie Vardy and Charlie Austin, clubs within the Football League are seemingly beginning to turn their attention to players in non-league football to unearth a potential gem.
Che Adams at Sheffield United is another player who came from the non-league scene and has been attracting interest in the past from clubs in the Championship as well the Premier League.
Hickey, who has been compared to former Chelsea and England international Frank Lampard for his goalscoring ability from midfield, is highly rated by Barwell manager Jimmy Ginnelly who watched him play in the development match for Leicester and rates him as a player with real potential.
“The lad has real talent and looked very comfortable playing alongside some big players who are on £40,000-£50,000 a week”, said Ginnelly, “For whatever reason they (Leicester) decided not to take him but I didn’t think there was anyone technically better there than him. He’s 18 and could go into any set up but he’ll take it in his stride, it’s only days or weeks before someone signs him.”
Ginnelly also revealed that scouts from all over the country had been to watch the youngster and the midfielder is ready to make the transition to full-time football.
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