English Premier League giants West Ham United are hot on the trail of two promising young Linfield prospects.
The Hammers are keen on striker Callum Marshall and also hold a strong interest in Northern Ireland Under-17 international Leon Boyd.
Marshall, who turned 17 just a couple of weeks ago, had appeared to be close to a move to England earlier this year. He has broken into the Linfield first team this season, playing in two County Antrim Shield games and scoring in the 11-0 League Cup victory over PSNI.
The Glengormley youngster has been at the London Stadium on trial and Sunday Life Sport understands that a deal is being worked on for him to make the move next summer.
Boyd, too, has spent time at the East London club and is continuing to be monitored.
A former Super Cup NI prospect, Boyd played first-team football for the Blues during pre-season and recently scored for Northern Ireland against Albania in a Uefa Under-17 qualifying tournament.
West Ham have been keeping tabs on Marshall — a former Glentoran player — since he impressed watching scouts when playing for Club NI at a youth tournament staged by the club some three years ago and he has graduated through the Irish FA’s full-time academy set-up based at Jordanstown.
While 2022 could have a dream Premier League move in store for Marshall, first up he is expected to lead the line for Linfield Swifts when they take on Newington in the Final of the Steel & Sons Cup on Christmas Day after scoring in their Semi-Final win over Lisburn Distillery.
Marshall and Boyd are the latest products to roll off a rich production line at Linfield, with Dale Taylor, who recently made his Northern Ireland senior international debut, and Charlie Allen the most recent high-profile names to head to England from Windsor Park, joining Nottingham Forest and Leeds United respectively.