TEENAGE Crewe Alexandra striker Max Clayton is on trial with Sunderland.
Clayton, who is out of contract at Gresty Road, is midway through a fortnight training at the Academy of Light as he attempts to earn a move to the Premier League.
The 19-year-old, who has made almost 100 appearances for Crewe, has attracted the interest of several top flight sides and is eager to test himself higher up the football pyramid.
No fee has yet been agreed between the two clubs and if Sunderland do choose to make a concrete move for Clayton, Crewe would be owed compensation for the frontman due to his age.
But the product of Crewe’s famed academy is highly-rated by the League One outfit after making his first-team debut at 17.
Crewe boss Steve Davis said earlier this week: “All I can tell our supporters is that he is currently training with another club.
“They have spoken to us and as he is out of contract, he can go where he likes. He is within his rights to do that.
“It will be a type of trial and they will make a decision on him after that.
“They must be keen on him to have a look at him and if he impresses, I am sure they will come back with an offer.
“We are due compensation and hopefully something can be decided between the clubs if it comes to that.”
Sunderland have been pro-active in looking to sign promising youngsters over the last year.
Duncan Watmore, Charis Mavrias and El-Hadji Ba were all brought to the Stadium of Light last summer and all made their first-team debuts last season.