Both Crystal Palace and Swansea are believed to be battling it out for the signing of Barnet youngster Matt Stevens, after seeing him bag more than 50 goals for the Bees Under-18s last season.
Still only 17, the striker joined his current club after being released by Reading, despite scoring 32 goals for their Under-16 side in a single season. Now edging closer to becoming a first-team regular in Martin Allen’s newly promoted squad, reports recently have claimed that Garry Monk’s Swansea have seen a £250,000 bid for him turned down, whilst Palace continue to hover in the background.
Clearly possessing a real prowess in front of goal, Stevens himself would almost certainly be open to making the the move to the Premier League with either of the aforementioned clubs, but you can certainly understand why Barnet would be loathe to let him go after such a stunning goal return last season.
Highly rated by Barnet boss Martin Allen, Stevens became the Bees’ youngest ever player when he came on as a substitute against Alfreton last September, with a future in the professional ranks clearly calling for him one way or another.
Although Swansea have been the first to test the water with a firm bid for the striker, you would assume that they won’t be the last. Such is the excitement over Stevens’ potential, we could well see a bidding war get underway in the weeks to come.