England new boy Jay Bothroyd has emerged as a shock target for a number of top clubs in the Premier League, according to the Daily Star.
The 28-year-old Cardiff striker, who earned a surprise call up into the England squad, is available on a free transfer at the end of the season.
And, according to the tabloid, the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all sent scouts to Cardiff City Stadium recently.
The three giants will have competition from Everton, Fulham and Aston Villa, though, and these three clubs could be more attractive to Bothroyd as he is more likely to get a first team place there.
Cardiff will put up a fight, though, as they are odds on to be promoted to the Premier League thanks to the sensational form of the former Arsenal academy graduate.
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is reportedly a fan of the player after seeing him play for Perugia in Italy, when Ancelotti was managing a number of Serie A clubs.
Although Bothroyd could be signed on a free transfer when the season finishes, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could sanction an offer from the Stamford Bridge outfit in January after their attacking prowess behind Didier Drogba and Nicolas Anelka was highlighted by Sunderland at the weekend.
Liverpool boss Roy Hodgson has spoken publicly about his lack of attacking options and could see Bothroyd as the perfect cut price option to provide Fernando Torres with more support.
The Anfield club have struggled in the Premier League this season and currently sit outside of the top 10 and Hodgson sees the January window as the perfect time to make some changes to personnel at Liverpool.
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson could yet come into the equation but, with the Old Trafford club unlikely to delve into the transfer market in the coming months, they will most likely wait until the summer to make their move.
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