ROCHDALE are fighting to hang on to star striker Scott Hogan who is wanted by a couple of Championship sides.
The 22-year-old started his career at Spotland before being released in May 2011 and dropped into non league circles.
Hogan rejoined Dale from Conference Premier outfit Hyde last May but was influential in helping the club win promotion this season.
He scored hattricks against AFC Wimbledon and Oxford United and ended the campaign with 19 goals from 40 appearances.
Hogan has only another 12 months left on the two-year contract he penned when re-signing for the club.
Scouts from Ipswich Town and Leeds United have been keeping tabs on his progress since the turn of the year.
And it would appear they are ready to try and tempt him away from the League One new boys when the transfer window opens.
Wolverhampton Wanderers boss Kenny Jackett was linked with a £1m move in the January window and could renew his interest.
Hogan rejected a move to Peterbor- ough in the New Year after they failed to meet his wage demands of around £5,000 a week.
Sunderland have also had scouts watching him. ARSENAL boss Arsene Wenger is weighing up a summer move for Reading keeper Alex McCarthy after getting good scouting reports.
McCarthy has come through the ranks at Reading and is rated as one of the best keepers outside the Premier League. CRYSTAL PALACE boss Tony Pulis could return to former club Bournemouth to land sought-after pair Lewis Grabban and Steve Cook.
Pulis is keen to strengthen his squad and has been taking more than a passing interest in the duo.
Striker Grabban joined the Eagles as a 13-year-old and made 10 league appearances before making a £150,000 move to Millwall in January 2008.
The 26-year-old saw his career stall at the Den and Brentford but has flourished since he moved to the South Coast two years ago for £300,000.
The Cherries are also interested in defender Cook who joined Bournemouth from Brighton in January 2012 for £150,000.