According to The Sun journalist Tom Barclay, Middlesbrough and Bristol City have entered the race for talented Southend United midfielder Dru Yearwood.

Yearwood enjoyed a successful breakthrough season with Southend United in the 2017/18 campaign, and has since gone on to make over 60 appearances in all competitions for the Shrimpers.

The news comes after Rotherham United’s initial £200,000 bid was rejected yesterday. Southend are holding out for a more substantial offer for the 19-year old, and Bristol City and Middlesbrough are now reportedly circling.

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New Boro manager Jonathan Woodgate’s recent statements surrounding giving youth a chance could be a great encouragement to someone of Yearwood’s age. With Woodgate having worked with development squads of all ages on Teesside, he could be a good manager to aid his progression.

Bristol City boss Lee Johnson has often given younger players their chance in the first team, and would equally be a good fit for someone just starting to make their way in football like Dru Yearwood.

Bristol City and Middlesbrough’s potential interest may prove difficult to overcome for Rotherham too, even if they are to submit a higher offer. The possibility of playing Championship football could be enough to put the Millers out of the running.

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Yearwood was interesting the North-East side back in November 2018, but nothing came to fruition. Other interested parties included fellow-Championship outfit Brentford and the Premier League’s Crystal Palace.

The teenager was recently called up to the England under-18 side last month, where he could join up with Middlesbrough striker Stephen Walker.

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