Everton, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are all interested in young Leeds United striker Mallik Wilks, according to a report by the Football Insider.
Wilks is currently on loan at League Two side Accrington Stanley, where he has scored three times in 15 appearances in all competitions. This included a wonderful goal on his debut to salvage a 2-2 draw at high-flying Notts County.
The report states that several top flight sides have been monitoring his progress over the last 18 months and his impressive form at Stanley could prompt both Everton and Newcastle to make moves for the 18-year-old in January.
Meanwhile, Middlesbrough manager Garry Monk is a long time admirer of Wilks. During his spell as Leeds United manager last season, he gave the striker his debut in a FA Cup tie at Sutton United. Monk also named him on the bench in last years 2-0 home victory over Reading, but was an unused substitute.
Wilks is held in high regard at Leeds United and is expected to be the next name out of their prolific academy to make the first team grade. Upon starting his loan spell at Accrington, he signed a new 12 month deal to keep him at the club until 2019.
His main assets include his pace and power, as well as his strong finishing ability, proving he has all the attributes to make it as a successful striker in the higher divisions.
Leeds will face a fight to keep hold of the youngster in January, but owner Andrea Radrizanni is thought to be intent on keeping his talented academy stars, something which previous owners have miserably failed to do.