Paddy Lane – the non-league teenager thought to be interesting Sheffield United – is on the move.
That’s according to Football Insider, who say Lane’s current club Hyde United have accepted three bids for the winger.
The Blades aren’t the only Premier League side keeping tabs on the 19-year-old, with Burnley also thought to be keen.
As are League Two duo Port Vale and Tranmere Rovers.
However, it is three other non-league teams who have made offers for Lane. National League pair Altrincham and Stockport County have both met his five-figure release clause, along with National League North’s Farsley Celtic.
Tranmere and Vale have asked to be kept informed of any updates and could well join the trio by submitting a bid themselves.
Who is Paddy Lane?
The attacker has been impressing in the lower tiers of English football in recent times.
When the Northern Premier League was suspended last month because of lockdown, Lane left on loan for Farsley.
The youngster had already scored three goals and provided three assists in eight appearances for Hyde before leaving for West Yorkshire.
Lane then set up four goals in five games during his loan spell, making it unsurprising that Farsley are keen on landing him permanently.
It isn’t the first time the forward has attracted interest from higher up the football pyramid. After scoring nine goals for Hyde last season, newly promoted EFL side Harrogate Town considered a move.
In the end, Harrogate had to pull out of a deal because of the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Future Blades star?
United are clearly watching the development of Lane from a distance. A move to a higher division would almost certainly be welcomed at Bramall Lane.
Scouts could then see how Lane copes with the increase in standard ahead of making a potential swoop themselves.
The Blades have an impressive academy, which is currently producing some young talent that could break into the first team before too long.
The likes of Rhys Norrington-Davies, Regan Slater and Tyler Smith have all been impressing on loan in the EFL in 2020/21.
Meanwhile, summer signing Ismaila Coulibaly has helped Beerschot towards the top of the Belgian top flight.