Bury manager David Flitcroft has told The Sun that Aston Villa have been impressed with goalkeeper Jack Ruddy during a trial with the club.
Ruddy, 17, has recently been on trial at Villa Park, as noted here by HITC earlier this month, with Villa boss Tim Sherwood seemingly still keen on adding to his squad this summer even after making ten signings already.
Goalkeeper Ruddy is a Scotland youth international, and is certainly making a name for himself at Gigg Lane, despite having not made his first team debut just yet.
The former Rangers youngster has now been working in a bid to land a contract with Aston Villa, and manager Flitcroft has admitted that Sherwood's men have been impressed with what Ruddy has done during his trial - but admitted that there is now competition for the player.
"Villa were impressed. But other clubs have been alerted and have inquired," said Flitcroft - and it seems that Manchester City have joined the race for his signature.
The Sun report that City have looked towards their local neighbours Bury, and could now make an attempt to beat Villa to Ruddy's signature.
A move to nearby City, with their exceptional facilities, could be very appealing to Ruddy, though Villa may be better for his first-team prospects in the coming years, given the intense competition for places - even down the pecking order - at the Etihad Stadium.