Middlesbrough are prepared to rival Crystal Palace for Southend United midfielder Dru Yearwood - according to a report.
The Sun claims Tony Pulis' side, alongside the Premier League club, are plotting a January move for the highly-regarded 18-year-old.
Palace are said to be long-term admirers of Yearwood and have been heavily-linked with him since the beginning of November.
Since making his senior debut in September last year, Yearwood has gone to establish himself as a regular in the Seasiders starting 11.
At such a tender age, Middlesbrough could have the upper-hand on Palace if they can provide a much clearer route into the senior set-up.
However, Boro are well stocked in that area themselves with Mo Besic, Jonny Howson, Adam Clayton, George Saville and Lewis Wing all among the first-team picture.
That said, Southend reportedly do want to sell their prize asset and will demand a high fee with a season long back clause.
Boro might not be the only Championship club weighting up a move for Yearwood, with TEAMTalk believing Brentford are in the running.