Rotherham United will face competition from a clutch of clubs if they try to lure Newcastle United striker Adam Armstrong to New York Stadium.
The Magpies are ready to let the young hot-shot go out on loan, sparking a scramble for the 19-year-old’s signature.
Millers manager Alan Stubbs, who has made 11 summer signings, said a fortnight ago he rated Armstrong but believed he would stay with Newcastle and fight for his place.
Stubbs will have been alerted by Toon boss Rafa Benitez’s comments that Armstrong, who hit 20 goals in 40 matches in a League One loan spell with Coventry City last season, will be surplus to requirements if another forward arrives at St James’ Park.
“If we bring in a striker with more experience, Adam will have a chance to go on loan,” Benitez said.
Coventry boss Tony Mowbray, who is keen to work with Armstrong again, says around 15 sides will be chasing the England Under-19 international.
Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle are already ahead of Armstrong in the pecking order at Newcastle who are keen for the teenager to be playing regular football.
Benitez added: “I want to bring new players in and allow some players to go and play, so we have less.”
Stubbs could sign another four players before the August 31 close of the transfer window, with a striker and a left-back his top targets.
“We’re progressing with a couple of potential transfers,” he said after last Saturday’s 1-0 Championship win over Brentford. “There will, potentially, be more coming in and a couple going out.”
Armstrong has come off the bench for Newcastle twice this season, in the opening-day 1-0 defeat at Fulham and the 2-1 home loss to Huddersfield Town.