Crystal Palace have been tracking Southend midfielder Dru Yearwood as they consider making a move in January.
The 18-year-old broke into Southend’s first team last season, making 25 League One appearances after graduating from the club’s academy.
He has featured seven times in 2018-19 and reports suggest his performances have led to interest from the highest level.
Palace are keen to bolster their youth ranks as they plan for the future and it is understood Yearwood is high on their list of targets.
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Yearwood still has three years left to run on his contract but Southend will struggle to keep hold of him if Palace do come knocking.