The media hype of record breaking Reuben Noble-Lazarus has inevitably led to a string of Premier League sides linked with the 15 year old midfielder who became the youngest ever Football League player when he came on at Ipswich on Tuesday night at 15 years and 45 days old.
Over the weekend it was reported scouts from giants Manchester United and Chelsea are monitoring his progress and today's Sunday Express claims Newcastle United and Aston Villa- who have a reputation for signing young English players- are also keeping tabs. The newspaper claims Barnsley could be due £2m in compensation however if Lazarus moves.
Sunday Express story:
Aston Villa and Newcastle are leading the race to sign Barnsley wonderkid Reuben Noble-Lazarus.
The striker became the youngest player in Football League history when he came on as a substitute in the Tykes' midweek defeat to Ipswich.
Noble-Lazarus, aged 15 years and 45 days, beat the previous record by 113 days and is set for a glittering future in the game.
The teenager is being tipped for the top but has not even signed professional terms at Oakwell yet and club officials now face a fight to keep him.
Villa and Newcastle scouts have been keeping tabs on him and both clubs are keen to sign him.
But the Tykes will block any move and could demand up to £2m in compensation before agreeing to let him go.