The Daily Echo has claimed that both Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur and League One rivals Sunderland had deadline-day bids rejected for Southend United teenager Charlie Kelman.
Kelman, 18, has broken onto the scene under Sol Campbell at Roots Hall and clocked up 12 appearances in all competitions for the third-tier side this season – scoring six goals, one of which came last time out in a 2-1 win over Lincoln City.
The Basildon-born striker who has been called up by United States’ Under-20 side in the past, has now played 23 times for Southend’s senior side – scoring seven times. Standing at just 5ft 5in, he can play out wide or up front.
It is unclear how much both Tottenham and Sunderland tabled for the young striker, but both bids were rejected and hours later Kelman netted his seventh senior goal. He has a contract at Southend until the summer of 2021.
TBR’s view – Kelman an exciting talent, Premier League potential
Certainly, at just 18 years of age, Kelman has every chance of going on to have a career in the Premier League – especially as he is likely to enter double figures despite his tender age – and despite missing 12 consecutive league games earlier this season.
Southend sit in 23rd place in League One, five points above Bolton. They are 12 points adrift of safety but despite this, Kelman has starred in the final third. Everything points towards an exciting career ahead of him.