Championship strugglers Barnsley and League One promotion chasers Coventry City have joined Leicester in the race to sign Cheltenham Town midfielder Aaron Evans-Harriott, a report from Gloucestershire Live has claimed.
It was recently reported that the Foxes are one of several sides taking an interest in the 17-year-old, and it now appears as though two more of those clubs have emerged.
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The midfielder made his senior debut for Cheltenham, when he came off the bench in the League Two side’s 4-3 win over West Ham’s Under 21s outfit in the group stages of the EFL Trophy at the start of last month, making him the club’s youngest player in the EFL era.
It is also thought that a number of scouts watched Evans-Harriott in Cheltenham’s 8-4 win over Portsmouth in the FA Youth Cup this week, with the Wales Under 17 international making a goalscoring contribution to the victory.
This is an interesting one.
When you look at the level of interest there is in Evans-Harriott, and his rise through the ranks at Cheltenham, it certainly seems as though this has the potential to develop into a decent signing in the future for one of these sides.
From a purely footballing perspective, you would imagine Leicester are in a strong position to win the race for Evans-Harriott’s signature here, given their much more positive situation than Barnsley or Coventry right now.
That however, may not be enough to seal the deal for the Foxes, particularly if the midfielder feels that a move to a side such as Barnsley or Coventry could be a source of more first-team opportunities for him at an earlier date.