Stoke, Watford and Sunderland keen on starlet recently released by Rangers - report
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Stoke, Watford and Sunderland keen on starlet recently released by Rangers - report

Stoke City, Watford and Sunderland are all keen on former Rangers starlet Harris O’Connor according to a Daily Record report.

O’Connor was one of ten Gers Academy players to depart the club earlier this summer.

The former Charlton and Kilmarnock youth joined the Gers in 2018 and initially impressed at age-group level.

However, after a tough loan spell at Brechin City during the second half of last season and with the likes of Leon King and Lewis Mayo ahead of him in the pecking order, the club decided not to offer him a contract extension.

The 19-year-old has been on trial at Airdrieonians, with Diamonds boss and former Gers player Ian Murray, labelling him ‘really talented’ [Daily Record].

However, it now looks as though he’s likely to move to England.

That’s because the Daily Record reports that he’s gone on trial at EFL Championship club Stoke City, while newly-promoted Premier League outfit Watford and League One side Sunderland are both also said to be interested in him.

Stoke City boss Michael O’Neill is taking a look at former Rangers starlet O’Connor, but both Watford and Sunderland are also said to be keen. (Photo by Lewis Storey/Getty Images)

A move to any of those three clubs would be a good result for O’Connor, especially considering Airdrie boss Murray hinted that it may have been difficult for him to win a deal at the Penny Cars Stadium, given the number of defenders already on the books there.

Of the Academy players to leave Auchenhowie earlier this summer, several have already found new clubs, with Nathan Young-Coombes and Dapo Mebude both moving south of the border to join Brentford and Watford respectively.

Meanwhile, four Academy players have signed professional contracts with Rangers, with one of the youngsters joining from a rival Premiership club.

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