Arsenal and Chelsea could be forced to act after reports emerged claiming Everton were considering a bid for highly-rated full-back Tyrone Mings in the coming January transfer window.
Earlier this month Mings brushed off the fact he had been subject of a later bid in the summer transfer window from Crystal Palace. He insisted he was happy with the way things were going at Ipswich Town and was focusing only on continuing to improve his game.
However, the Daily Mirror are now reporting that Everton are the latest Premier League side to have been sufficiently impressed by the 21-year-old to consider a bid in the winter. The report also suggests that both Arsenal and Chelsea are keeping tabs on the youngster.
Mings may have been happy to see bids from Crystal Palace turned down but his view might change if it emerges that clubs as big as those from Emirates Stadium, Stamford Bridge and Goodison Park are ready to make a move.
He was playing for non-league side Chippenham Town a couple of years ago before being snapped up by Ipswich for only £10,000 two years. Since then he has improved incredibly and was rewarded for his great start to the season by being voted Championship Player of the Month for September.
Arsene Wenger has a reputation for buying young players and giving them a chance with the Gunners, but snapping up Mings would be a questionable decision. Arsenal have two senior left-backs vying for a place in the first team, so the youngster would struggle to get any game time.
There is a shortage in defence generally at Emirates Stadium but, unless Mings can play at right-back or centre-back, buying him is unlikely to relieve the worries a great deal. Injury worries should have been eased by the time January comes round anyway.
Roberto Martinez is another manager known for giving youth a chance
It is a similar situation under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, where Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic and Filie Luis cover all bases. The Blues defence has looked as solid as any other Premier League side so far this season too, so any additions in January are unlikely to be there.
Roberto Martinez is another manager known for giving youth a chance since his time in charge of Swansea City, Wigan Athletic and now Everton. Leighton Bianes is the undoubted first choice for the left-back position, but there would be fewer places better to learn the position than backing up the England international.