Wolves and Brighton and Hove Albion are interested in signing Leyton Orient academy product Dan Happe, according to The Sun.
The 20-year-old has made 12 appearances for the O’s this season as they look to secure a return to League Two from the National League.
Happe has emerged as a genuine talent for Orient this season and was recently called into England’s ‘C’ squad, which represents Under-23 players from the non-league.
He made his debut two years ago and is being tracked by a number of clubs, per the aforementioned report, with Championship high-flyers Norwich City also interested.
Steve Davis, who previously managed Orient, is currently working with Wolves in a behind-the-scenes role and The Sun claim that he has recommended Happe as a potential signing.
Happe, who has twice been named the club’s Player of the Month this season, has a contract that expires at the end of next season and could be available for a fee of £200,000.
However, Orient are said to be hopeful that he will opt to stay at Brisbane Road under Justin Edinburgh, with the club currently two points clear of second-placed Solihull Moors in the National League, while holding two games in hand.
Happe has become a genuine Orient success story.
An exceptional ball-playing defender, it was little surprise when he was recognised for his performances by England’s ‘C’ team.
With Orient on the verge of promotion, seeing an academy kid depart would break the hearts of many supporters, especially when he has the potential to develop into a Championship or, perhaps, even a Premier League player in future.
Happe would be central to Edinburgh’s plans if he stayed around for the 2019-20 season, which is almost certain to be in League Two.
A move to a top-flight club would surely come with a succession of loan deals and no guarantee of first-team football. He must weigh the possibilities carefully.