BBC Cumbria Sport reports that Rangers, Everton and Arsenal were among the clubs scouting Carlisle United defender Jarrad Branthwaite on Saturday afternoon.

Celtic scouts were also allegedly in attendance for the Cumbrians’ trip to Morecambe in EFL League Two.

Branthwaite in FA Cup first round action against Dulwich Hamlet back in early November. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

It’s not the first time the Gers have been linked with Branthwaite, either. On 1st December, The Sun on Sunday (Page; 67) claimed that the club were in a race with Newcastle United and Southampton for the 17-year-old starlet.

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Based on this latest report, his pursuit is hotting up as yet more clubs enter the fray.

The young defender played the full 90 minutes of a 1-1 draw in front of a crowd of just over 3000 at the Globe Arena.

 

He stung the palms of opposition keeper Mark Halstead in the opening stages and was booked on the hour mark for a hefty challenge on Alex Kenyon [BBC Sport].

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It will have been the finer details that the scouts were zeroing in on, though.

Given that the Gers currently have four senior centre-backs tied to the club, and the likes of Lewis Mayo coming up through the ranks, pursuing Branthwaite looks a little unnecessary.

Mayo scores for the first team during a pre-season clash against Oxford United. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Yet, based on the stature of the other clubs who are said to be tracking the teenager, perhaps he’s simply too big a talent to ignore.

With the January window now just a few weeks away, it will be interesting to see how this one progresses.

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