Manchester City are chasing Birmingham City starlet Nathan Redmond, and are set to make a bid in January.
Roberto Mancini’s side are looking to improve their youth set-up and want to add Redmond to their ranks, according to the Mirror.
The 17-year-old is the second-youngest player to play for Birmingham, making his debut at 16 years and 173 days – only Blues legend Trevor Francis was younger.
After a slow start, Redmond has established himself in Chris Houghton’s squad and his impressive showings in the Championship and Europa League have attracted interest from the Etihad Stadium.
Many have compared the winger to Manchester United’s Ashley Young, and Roberto Mancini is keen to recruit him.
Birmingham are thought to be ready to accept a bid in the region of £6million – well within the Citizens price range.
It is testament to the impression Redmond has made on Manchester City that he has only appeared fourteen times for Birmingham this season.
The midlands side would prefer to hold on to Redmond but financial constraints on the club mean they may not be able to resist a bid of the size being mooted.
There have also been reports that defender Liam Ridgewell is leaving the club, as well as Chilean winger Jean Beausejour.
Redmond has represented England at every level up to the Under-18s.