Ipswich Town are bracing themselves for further Premier League raids when the transfer window re-opens in January.
They reluctantly sanctioned the sale of Aaron Cresswell to West Ham United over the summer, but did well to fend off advances for other key men.
Strike ace David McGoldrick was the subject of a big-money bid from Leicester City, while Crystal Palace expressed an interest in Tyrone Mings.
Given that the Gunners have placed considerable emphasis on the recruitment of potential down the years, it would also come as no surprise if they are among those looking at Teddy Bishop.
Ipswich have been able to tie the 18-year-old midfielder to fresh terms, but Mick McCarthy is aware that admiring glances continue to be shot in the direction of Portman Road’s brightest young talents.
He told the East Anglian Daily Times: ““He’s great – I love the Bish. I always say I love players that work hard and who epitomise me. Well he puts his shift in.
“And he’s a fabulous footballer; one that’s only going to get better. Everybody is talking about Tyrone Mings – well there’s plenty looking at him as well. He’s got Premier League ability, no doubt.”
Bishop only made his senior debut for Ipswich in Capital One Cup competition back in August.
He was then handed his Championship bow before the end of the opening month of the season, and handed a new two-year contract in September.
The youngster has not been fazed by his rapid rise to prominence and has displayed the kind of ball-playing ability which suggests that his manager is right to bill him as a top-flight star in the making.