According to TEAMtalk, Championship promotion chasers Leeds and Middlesbrough are locked in a three-way tug of war with Premier League side Newcastle for Hartlepool United midfielder Conner Rennison.

Rennison is free to leave Hartlepool in the summer given he is out of contract. This has put several Football League clubs on high alert according to the report, with Middlesbrough and Leeds the front runners in the pursuit for the teenager. Newcastle are also keen, as are Bristol City, Barnsley, Hull City and Portsmouth.

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The 16-year old has been likened to Lee Cattermole, the former-Middlesbrough and Sunderland midfielder who hails from the same town as Rennison, Stockton-on-Tees.

Hartlepool’s official site describes the youngster as ‘a very forward-thinking and attack-minded midfielder who covers a lot of ground.

‘Rennison likes to move forward and set up attacks for the team but he’s not one to shirk his defensive responsibilities either and he does both jobs well.’

Having signed in 2015, he is yet to make an appearance for the first team, but with the teenager being so in demand, it highlights just how talented is.

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Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis recently highlighted how he would like to sign players cheap and develop them into stars, and Rennison fits this mould perfectly. After the success of Lewis Wing, having signed from Shildon in non-league, he has gone onto be one of Middlesbrough’s stand out players so far this season.

The Teesside club were also interested in Rennison’s teammate Josh Hawkes, however it is now believed the 20-year old is set to stay put, as reported on The72.

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