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Report: Leeds, Newcastle and West Ham among clubs interested in 22-year-old Josh Hawkes

Leeds United, Newcastle United and David Moyes’ West Ham are among the Premier League clubs interested in Sunderland prospect Josh Hawkes.

Hawkes, 22, only moved to the Stadium of Light last year from non-league club Hartlepool United.

The attacking midfielder has made one senior appearance for Sunderland so far, but has spent most of this season impressing in the club’s Under-23s side.

According to TEAMtalk, Leeds and Newcastle are both still keen on a move for Hawkes after previously holding interest in him last year.

Additionally, the report states that West Ham and Crystal Palace are currently leading the race for his signature.

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Sunderland’s youth side, who are now in the Premier League 2 play-off final, have been in incredible form lately.

Hawkes has been a real driving force for the Under-23s by scoring eight goals in his last eight games for them, which included a strike in the semi-final victory against Stoke.

Aged 22, he’s had first-team experience in the National League previously, but remains a prospect in the sense that he’s still waiting to make a real impact in the Football League.

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TBR’s View:

With so many Premier League clubs eyeing his signature this summer with potential bids on the way, Sunderland might want to think about drafting Hawkes into their senior squad quickly.

He’s a versatile midfielder that has pushed into more attacking positions recently and found a knack of scoring goals.

The four Premier League clubs mentioned all do have shining examples in their squad of academy graduates in their first team.

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