Aston Villa have been linked with a move for Southend United youngster Charlie Kelman, according to Football Insider.

At just 16-years-old, Southend United starlet Charlie Kelman does not yet have a professional contract, and hasn’t made a senior appearance for the League One side. However, it hasn’t stopped Kelman becoming one of the most highly rated attacking youngsters in the Country.

Last season, the rapid Kelman scored an unbelievable 61 (yes, sixty-one) goals in the 2017/18 campaign. So, it comes as no surprise that top clubs are eyeing up the potential signing of the starlet.

The United States youth international has picked up 10 goals and 12 assists in the early stages of this campaign – catching the eye of a number of Premier League and Championship sides. West Ham and Brentford along with Villa are believed to have watched Kelman this season, and could be considering a move for the pacey youngster.

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith looked at the England-born youngster while at Brentford – who have been scouting him for some time – and is continuing his interest at his new club. Smith believed strongly in bringing in young talents from lower leagues and developing them into quality players, like he did with Bees winger Ollie Watkins and Alfie Mawson – who moved onto Swansea from Brentford.

The 16-year-old’s incredible goalscoring form resulted in a call up to the United States Under-18 National Team in the summer, and also featured for The Shrimpers’ Under-23’s side, picking up a goal on his debut.

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