Liverpool & Spurs battling for Championship teen sensation

Liverpool, Tottenham and Crystal Palace are all chasing Birmingham starlet Demarai Gray ahead of next month’s transfer window, according to reports from the Daily Mail.

The 18-yearold striker has been earning rave reviews for his displays in the Championship this season, with a recent hat-trick against Reading in a 6-1 win having boosted his already burgeoning reputation.

Birmingham are understood to be thrashing out a new deal with the teenager, but Liverpool, Spurs and Palace are all in the hunt a the January transfer window looms.

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The trio are monitoring the situation closely, and are hopeful that the youngster will push for a quick switch to the top tier.

But St. Andrew’s chief Gary Rowett says that, although interest is genuine, he’s confident of keeping his man:

“He’s as good as any young player I’ve seen at this age, at 18-years-old, the ability to score a hat-trick at Championship level doesn’t happen very often.” He said.

“I’m realistic, I would expect some interest in January and I would expect that interest to be very strong from top clubs, because he is a top player.

“But also you have to look at that he’s playing regular football in the Championship. Sometimes for a young player it’s just as important to get 100 starts than go to a bigger club and sit on the bench or play in Under 21 squads.

“What he’s shown is we shouldn’t be looking to sell him for a low fee just to fit his ambitions. The club has a real potential star player on its hands.

“I would expect if someone does want to buy him he’s not going to come. There are not many young British players around who can go past people, are quick, and can score goals.”