Rangers, Arsenal and Swansea City are all interested in Millwall starlet Abdul Abdulmalik, according to the Daily Mail.
Abdulmalik is an 18-year-old attacker who is yet to make his senior competitive debut for Millwall but who has impressed in competitions like the FA Youth Cup in recent seasons.
His current contract is up at the end of the month and although he’s been offered a professional deal by the Championship outfit, his future is still very much uncertain.
The Daily Mail reports that the Gers and Arsenal have been watching him, while Millwall have rejected an offer from fellow Championship club Swansea.
Although the teenager’s contract will soon be up, any club that wishes to sign him will have to pay a compensation fee.
However, a favourable rule that Rangers used to their advantage with Joe Aribo ensures that Scottish sides can pay considerably less than clubs south of the border for out-of-contract English starlets.
Crucially, Abdulmalik – who has represented England at U17 level – is said to be keen on a move away from the Den.
With a relatively small amount of information available on the young striker, it’s hard to provide an assessment on whether or not he’s worth pursuing for Rangers.
There are already a lot of promising young attacking players in the Academy setup, such as Charlie Lindsay, Tony Weston and James Graham, and the signing of Abdulmalik could reduce opportunities for those starlets.
However, competition for places is important for player development and perhaps the arrival of a fresh face ahead of the Lowland League campaign would push others to new levels.
It’ll be interesting to see what option Abdulmalik himself prefers and whether or not the Gers eventually do table a formal offer.