Stoke City and Wolves are battling it out to sign Cambridge United starlet Saleem Akanbi, reports Alan Nixon in The Sun on Sunday (19.12.21, pg. 69).

Akanbi, 17, is a product of the Cambridge United youth academy. The midfielder is yet to make his first-team debut for the League One side, but he’s already attracting some interest from higher up in the Football League Pyramid.

Nixon has revealed in this morning’s The Sun on Sunday that both Wolves and Stoke City are competing to sign the youngster ahead of January.

The report then goes on to reveal how Cambridge may hand Akanbi a first-team start in a bid to ‘keep him progressing’ and to also enable the U’s to slap a heavier price tag on the youngster.

Wolves and Stoke though both want to ‘fast-track him into their senior squads’, says Nixon.

What do we know about Akanbi so far?

Very little, other than the fact that Wolves and Stoke City are both vying to sign him.

He currently plays with the Cambridge United U18 side and given his transfer links to Stoke and Wolves, and the fact that both sides want to bring him up into their senior squad, it suggests that the midfielder is quite the prospect.

Expect Cambridge United to start handing him game time ahead of January. Putting him in the shop window will give them reason to boost their asking price should Stoke or Wolves come calling, and it could also lure more suitors into the race, further boosting their chances of a big payday.