Morton Target N.I. Youngster

Morton are rumoured to be tracking Northern Ireland Under-21 internationalist Liam Boyce.

However, James Grady will face stiff competition for the 18-year-old Cliftonville striker's signature, as Huddersfield Town, Bolton Wanderers, Leicester City and Swansea City are also monitoring Boyce's progress.

“He's not a player I expect to have at Cliftonville for a long time,” manager Eddie Patterson told the Belfast Telegraph last summer. “A few cross-channel clubs are having a look at him and I would be very surprised if he didn't make a move some time soon.

“To get that move, he needs to show what he can do on a regular basis and I'm happy to give him that chance"

According to the Scottish Sun, James Grady and Allan McManus flew to Belfast to watch Boyce (pictured) and one other unnamed player with an eye to signing them for next season. They took in Portadown versus Cliftonville at Shamrock Park - a match which Cliftonville lost 2-0. Boyce featured, as did other players like George McMullan and brothers Ronan and Chris Scanell, all of whom are also rumoured to be attracting the attention of clubs on the British mainland.

Belfast Telegraph - Cliftonville Manager Eddie Backs Boyce For Big Time (25.08.2009)

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