Crystal Palace are keeping tabs on young National League striker Josh Stones, according to TEAMtalk.
The 18-year-old marksman is currently playing for Guiseley in the National League North.
Stones recently had the opportunity to captain an England schoolboy side against a Palace academy outfit. Not only did he score in the 1-1 draw, he also struck the post and gave the young Eagles’ defence ‘headaches’ with his ‘constant chasing’ (via Schools Football).
The report from TEAMtalk stated that ‘plenty’ of scouts were in attendance for that friendly against the Eagles.
Palace liked what they saw and could make a move, but Newcastle United are also showing a strong interest as they eye teenage talents for their ‘long-term project’.
Wolverhampton Wanderers, Burnley and Watford are named as admirers too, in addition to Huddersfield and Middlesbrough in the Championship, and Sunderland in League One.
Palace may have a key advantage in transfer battles like this one.
If they can invite young talents like Stones for a tour, perhaps they’ll be so impressed by what’s available to them that they’ll choose the south London club over rival suitors.
Furthermore, Palace have fielded one of the youngest line-ups in the Premier League under Patrick Vieira, and that bodes well for starlets who may be concerned about a lack of progression opportunities elsewhere.
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