Southampton are reportedly interested in Lincoln City midfielder Ellis Chapman, according to Lincolnshire Live.
The homegrown midfielder was a regular for the Imps during the first half of the season, however, the teenager then spent the second half of the campaign out on loan with National League side Chesterfield.
Chapman excelled for the Spireites, helping them pull clear of the relegation zone in England’s fifth tier.
As a result of his impressive campaign, the 18-year-old, who is out of contract next summer, is being monitored by the Saints, as well as Championship duo Derby County and Wigan Athletic.
Lincoln boss Danny Cowley is reluctant to let the midfielder leave the club this summer, however, a reasonable bid from the Saints could tempt the Imps into selling the teenager, which would allow the club to reinvest the funds received into transfers for themselves.
Southampton have a reputation for developing young players into first-team stars, so Chapman could jump at the chance to move to St Mary’s this summer.
Five of the best recent Southampton academy graduates
Bale progressed through the Saints academy as a left-back and excelled in the first team before moving to Tottenham in 2007. The Welshman is now regarded as one of the worlds best players, plying his trade with Real Madrid.
Walcott burst onto the scene at St Mary’s in 2005 after progressing through the youth system. The winger went on to join Arsenal in 2006 and now plays for Everton.
Left-back Shaw spent three years in the Saints first team before joining Manchester United in 2014 for a fee worth around £30m.
Lallana spent the most time at the club out of the five academy graduates listed, helping the Saints from League One to the Premier League in his eight-year professional stay. Like so many other Southampton players, Lallana joined Liverpool back in 2014.
Energetic midfielder Oxlade-Chamberlain followed in the footsteps of Theo Walcott by joining Arsenal in 2011 after his impressive first season with the Saints.
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