Hartlepool youngster Josh Hawkes is attracting interest from North-East rivals Middlesbrough and Sunderland, TEAMtalk can exclusively reveal.
The 18-year-old midfielder is being watched by a host of clubs and has attracted interest from Premier League down to League 2.
Hawkes, who did spend time with Boro as a youngster, has been making big strides over the last 12-months.
Now up to a dozen league club are looking at the teenager, who looks set to join team-mate Connor Simpson in landing a big move away from the North East club in the New Year.
17-year-old Simpson, likened to Andy Carroll, is ironically being chased by wanted by all of the England man’s former and current employees in the shape of West Ham, Liverpool and Newcastle.