Havant and Waterlooville star Ollie Palmer says scouts from Premier League side Chelsea have been tracking his progress.

The 20-year-old currently applies his trade in Blue Square South, after moving from Woking in September 2011.

And the youngster says the three-time Premier League champions are on his tail.

"I had two calls to say Chelsea were watching me, which is exciting," he said.

Palmer is one of the leading lights of non-league football, with his goals attempting to prevent the Hawks from being relegated from Blue Square South.

He is the second highest scorer at Havant, with 12 in his first season for the club.

His spell at Woking saw him selected for the England Colleges National Team in 2010, and subsequently win a first-team contract that same year.

St Albans City took him on loan for a period of las season, before returning to The Cards to make 10 appearances.

Chelsea's interest in Palmer is the latest incident of a big league club delving into non-league to find the next rising star, with Crystal Palace's signing of Michael Chambers from Dulwich Hamlet the most high profile of a series of recent recruits.

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