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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.