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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

PREMIER League cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City have joined the list of top-flight clubs who are track­ing highly-rated Ful­ham teenager Pa­trick Roberts.

Roberts, who was a tar­get for Arse­nal in the sum­mer, has had scouts flock­ing to west London to watch him in ac­tion for strug­gling Ful­ham.

The Eng­land un­der-19 in­ter­na­tional, who started his ca­reer with AFC Wim­ble­don be­fore mov­ing to Craven Cot­tage in 2010, is seen as one of the bright­est tal­ents in the game.

The 17 year-old has been a first-team reg­u­lar for Ful­ham this sea­son hav­ing made his first starta­gainst Wolves in Au­gust.

Ful­ham want him to stay but it looks as if they could be fac­ing an up­hill strug­gle as the big­gest clubs in the coun­try have him in their sights.

Roberts, who can play up front or on the wing, signed his first pro deal with Ful­ham last Fe­bru­ary and is un­der con­tract un­til 2016.

The Cot­tagers will fight any at­tempts to lure him away as they bat­tle at the bot­tom of the sec­ond tier.

City could let him stay with Ful­ham at least un­til the end of the sea­son if they de­cide that they want to beat off the clubs in­ter­ested in him. SH­EFFIELD UNITED are try­ing to do a deal which will see them re-sign Harry McGuire, who they sold to Hull City in the sum­mer.

The Blades want him to re­turn on loan but Steve Bruce doesn’t feel that he would ben­e­fit from mov­ing back to the League One side. ARSE­NAL are the lat­est Premier League club to check out the form of Ipswich full­back Ty­rone Mings.

The 21 year-old Mings was signed by Ipswich from Non­League Chip­pen­ham Town four years ago, but has caught the eye this sea­son.

Crys­tal Palace were try­ing to do a deal for him be­fore the trans­fer dead­line and now Arse­nal have been alerted to his per­for­mances.

Ipswich re­cently gave the highly-rated Mings a con­tract which will keep him at Port­man Road and un­til 2017.

They are de­ter­mined to keep him at the club de­spite in­ter­est in him and will re­sist any moves in Jan­uary.

Mings is a huge favourite with Ipswich fans after of­fer­ing to pay for shirts that fans bought after he changed his squad num­ber.

He has also given away free tick­ets to a fan who said that he was skint and couldn’t af­ford to goto a game.

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