Newcastle United youngster Elliot Anderson is being eyed by three Championship clubs ahead of a potential loan move to the England second-tier next season.
According to the Sunday Mirror (03/04, p70), Nottingham Forest, Preston North End and Queens Park Rangers are all interested in the 19-year-old midfielder, who has excelled with Bristol Rovers this season in League Two.
Anderson is regarded by many as one of the most exciting talents coming through at Newcastle, with manager Eddie Howe a big fan of the teenager as the playmaker embarks on this key stage of his development out on loan.
And now, Championship sides are keeping tabs on Anderson, who this season was incredibly compared to football legend Diego Maradona by Bristol Rovers manager and former Newcastle midfielder Joey Barton following a string of impressive performances for the Pirates.
Indeed, Anderson is viewed by some at Newcastle as a player who could become a first-team regular in the future, and with a loan move to the second-tier seemingly in the pipeline for next season, the teenager could hit some unbelievable heights in the next few years.
With Championship clubs already interested in Anderson three months before the official opening of the summer transfer window, a second loan spell away from Newcastle looks to be on the cards given Howe’s plans this off-season.
Flourishing in the EFL and compared to one of the greatest to ever play the game, Anderson’s future looks to be one to keep an eye on for Newcastle fans, and a loan move to the Championship is the perfect next step for the talented midfielder.
With Newcastle set to spend big this summer on midfielders to take the squad to the next level, Anderson is better off competing in one of the best divisions in Europe for young players to develop, especially for a top side like Forest or QPR.