Huddersfield move for Matthew Shevlin as Toffees wait
Huddersfield Town have jumped to the top of the queue to sign Ballymena United wonderkid Matthew Shevlin.
They could, however, face stiff competition from the Premier League.
Two weeks after the Sky Blues knocked back an offer from Crystal Palace, the Belfast Telegraph can reveal that Huddersfield have now weighed in with a bid for the highly talented 16-year-old.
It is understood that the amount the Terriers are willing to stump up for Shevlin is more than double Palace's original offer and that may tempt Ballymena to do business.
They could, however, be blown out of the water if another Premier League outfit, Everton, follow up their initial interest in the player.
The Merseyside club want to take Shevlin on trial and are hoping to work out a date with Ballymena in the near future.
Palace made their move after having Shevlin on trial last month and he has also spent some time at Sheffield United, but as yet the Blades haven't put in an offer.
Scottish champions Celtic have also keeping tabs on him over the last few months.
Whatever happens, any potential move can't go through until January and even if Ballymena do agree terms with a club in England or Scotland it appears likely that Shevlin will stay at the Showgrounds until the end of the season so that he can remain at Ballymena Academy to complete the first year of his A Level studies.
Shevlin will return to the Ballymena squad for today's trip to Glenavon after missing last weekend's 3-2 defeat at Portadown as he was on international duty with the Northern Ireland Under-19s.