Arsenal's bid to attract Southampton youth prodigy Luke Shaw to the Emirates has taken a new twist, as Chelsea and Manchester City have now supposedly entered the race for his signature.

The 16-year-old left back who is yet to sign his professional deal when he turns 17 in July, has already featured on the Saints' first-team bench this season, against both Preston and Coventry in the Carling and FA Cups respectively.

Shaw is just the latest of a string of names to have come out of Southampton's famous academy system, which has already produced household names such as Gareth Bale, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott.

It remains to be seen whether Shaw will remain at the South Coast club this January amidst Manchester City's and Chelsea's tempting interest in a player that is already valued at £4million.

If the left back does stay he may get his Saints' debut sooner rather than later, as youngsters James Ward-Prowse and Jack Stephens have found recently, by featuring in the clubs FA Cup victory at Coventry on Saturday.

Boss Nigel Adkins has shown tremendous faith in youth since his arrival last September and said: "If you've got 50 percent of your team coming through your youth system, there's a heart and soul and theres a feeling for your football club and the players out there."

Arsenal may still have the edge for Shaw's signature however after building a good bond with Southampton following Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Theo Walcott's arrivals.

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