Chelsea & Liverpool scouts track League One starlet

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Chelsea and Liverpool are both being linked with a move for highly-rated Portsmouth midfielder Jed Wallace.

The 18-year-old is earning rave reviews on loan at Whitehawk FC, scoring 11 goals in his last 11 games for the Ryman League outfit.

It’s form that has seen Premier League scouts take notice, with Sky Sports reporting that the Blues, Reds and Stoke City have all been keeping tabs on the player.

Pompey’s financial situation makes the teenager an easy target for top clubs, with Wallace – like every other player at the club - on a month-to-month.

And, having been at Fratton Park for only 12-months, Sky Sports claims the player would cost a minimal amount in compensation.

Chelsea have invested heavily in young players in recent times, with former manager Andre Villas-Boas trying to start a revolution when he took charge at Stamford Bridge.

Despite his departure – and then the subsequent exit of Roberto Di Matteo – the west London club do have a core of young players looking towards the future.

Oscar, Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are all under the age of 22, whilst there are big hopes for Chelsea academy graduate Josh McEachran.

Like the England youth international, Wallace would almost certainly be sent out on loan to learn his trade before coming back to challenge for a place in the Chelsea first team.

At Liverpool, manager Brendan Rodgers has been more than happy to put his faith in youth, with Raheem Sterling, Suso and Jonjo Shelvey all impressing on Merseyside this season.

The Reds have been linked with a number of players in recent weeks - most notably strikers - as Rodgers looks to get the Anfield outfit into contention for a top four finish in the Premier League this season.

Whether Wallace would be able to make an immediate impact on the Liverpool side is up for debate however, and it remains to be seen which side make the new move for the player.

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