Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic have joined the battle to sign in-demand Ballymena United youngster Matthew Shevlin, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the potential deal.
Crystal Palace saw a bid for the teenager turned down last month after Shevlin impressed during a trial stint at Selhurst Park.
Alan Pardew's side are expected to make a fresh bid for Shevlin, though, as they seek to win the race for the midfielder's signature.
However, Old Firm rivals Rangers and Celtic are ready to make their moves having watched him in action on a number of occasions this season.
The Scottish duo are keen to have a look at Shevlin in action at close quarters as they consider making bids for the highly-rated youngster.
A number of other clubs have expressed an interest in Shevlin, with Sheffield United taking the player on trial, while Huddersfield Town are also admirers of the starlet.
A host of other sides are thought to have made enquiries for the talented prospect, with Ballymena unlikely to stand in his way of moving to the professional ranks.