Stoke City currently lead Millwall in the race to sign Fleetwood Town’s Jay Matete, reports The Sun on Sunday (02.05.21, pg. 61).

Matete, 20, has spent this season on loan at Grimsby Town from Fleetwood Town. The Englishman has featured 20 times in League Two for bottom club Grimsby, scoring three goals.

Now though, Alan Nixon writes that Matete will return to his parent club in the summer and has an £800,000 price tag amid interest from both Stoke City and Millwall.

The Potters are thought to be leading Millwall in the race, with the Lions currently ‘tracking’ Matete’s situation at Fleetwood.

A midfielder, Matete has shown great potential on loan at Grimsby Town this season and Fleetwood would no doubt have plans of their own for the youngster.

But with the likes of Stoke and Millwall now interested, it could prove difficult for Fleetwood to keep hold of Matete past this season.

Stoke have seen their season tail-off since the turn of the year. Michael O’Neill had his side in position to challenge for a top-six spot before Christmas and after a positive showing in the winter transfer window, they looked set to continue.

But they currently sit on a six-game winless run, finding themselves down in 14th. Millwall meanwhile sit in 11th-place of the Championship table after another steady showing under Gary Rowett.

Matete would be a keen acquisition for either side. £800,000 might seem steep for a player who’s just come off the back of a League Two campaign but the potential is definitely there, and the race could heat up fairly quickly.