Sunderland are tracking the progress of Exeter City's two prized possession, Matt Grimes and Christy Pym.
According to a report in the Sunderland Echo, Gus Poyet's scouting team have identified the two Exeter prospects as players who could have a future at the top of the game and they have been monitoring their progress at recent matches.
Grimes has caused quite a stir down in League Two, with his displays in central-midifeld attracting the attention of a range of teams.
Swansea City are also said to be interested in the 18-year-old, who has developed a reputation as one of the most gifted youngsters in the country.
Capable in possession and very creative, Grimes's skill has been a major reason behind Exeter's form this season, which has lifted them into playoff contention in League Two.
Pym, too, has caught the eye in between the sticks for Paul Tisdale's side.
The 19-year-old has already established himself as the club's first choice custodian and has earned international recognition for his performance levels.
Pym now has three England under-20 caps to his name and he will be looking to add to his collection in the future by continuing to impress.
Sunderland are understood to be keen on bringing in lower-league talents and could make a move for the Exeter duo in January, although strengthening the first-team remains Gus Poyet's major concern.