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The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP -

BLACK­POOL are lead­ing the race to land highly rated Dun­dalk mid­fielder Richie Tow­ell, who was a tar­get for boss Lee Clark when he was man­ager of Birm­ing­ham City.

Clark had Tow­ell watched a num­ber of times dur­ing his spell in charge at St An­drews, but was sacked be­fore he could act upon the in­for­ma­tion.

He is now in­ter­ested in sign­ing the 23-year-old, who is at­tract­ing a lot of in­ter­est from ri­val Cham­pi­onship sides.

Dun­dalk, who are League of Ire­land cham­pi­ons, have pre­vi­ously seen Tow­ell have an un­suc­cess­ful trial with another Cham­pi­onship out­fit Cardiff City.

They would like him to sign a new deal there, but Tow­ell is in­ter­ested in see­ing what pos­si­bil­i­ties that there are for him across the Ir­ish Sea.

Ipswich are another club who have been keep­ing tabs on his progress over the last few months.

Dublin-born Tow­ell started his ca­reer at Celtic and had a loan spell with Hibs be­fore re­turn­ing to Ire­land in De­cem­ber 2012.

He has won U21 hon­ours for his coun­try and was the PFAI Young Player of the Year in 2013. EVER­TON have had scouts mak­ing re­ports on highly-rated Ex­eter City mid­fielder Matt Grimes in the last few weeks.

They fancy the Eng­land U20 in­ter­na­tional and Ex­eter know they wont be able to turn down a de­cent of­fer for the 19-year-old. FLEET­WOOD are set to make a Jan­uary move for Carlisle United’s highly-rated Eng­land U19 in­ter­na­tional Brad Potts.

Potts, who has been watched by a num­ber of clubs, scored his sixth goal of the sea­son for the Cum­brian side against New­port last week­end.

Fleet­wood have al­ready en­quired about the 20-yearold, who has made his way through the Brun­ton Park youth ranks.

They are poised to en­ter the bid­ding, but will face plenty of com­pe­ti­tion.

Premier League strug­glers Burn­ley have also had scouts watch Potts in ac­tion on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

Carlisle are try­ing to keep hold of Potts un­til the end of the sea­son at least, but Keith Curle ac­cepts it is go­ing to be a bat­tle to re­tain his ser­vices.

Potts has al­ready turned down a new con­tract and Carlisle could have to sell if they want to avoid a tri­bunal.

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