Premier League duo Swansea City and Crystal Palace are both leading the race to sign young Barnet striker Matt Stevens, according to HITC.
The Swans had reportedly been showing interest in the 17-year-old during the summer, and even bid £250,000 for the striker earlier this month. Stevens scored more than 50 goals for Barnet’s youth side last season, and has been heavily tipped with a move to Premier League and a bright future.
However, if the Swans want to bring in the star striker, they are going to have to beat Premier League rivals Crystal Palace to his signature. Eagles boss Alan Pardew hasn’t been shy in getting his chairman’s chequebook out over the summer, and Palace, like the Swans, have done some very shrewd business this pre-season.
Despite being a prolific goalscorer fro Reading’s U16 side during the 2013-14 season, the Royals decided to release the teenager – Barnet promptly snapped him last summer, and have been reaping the rewards ever since.
If Swansea do indeed win the race to sign Matt Stevens, he would surely be put straight into the Swans’ U21 squad to further his development. Garry Monk has already showed his interest in him with an official bid, and he would love to win the race for the young striker’s services.