Sunderland youth coach Andy Welsh has confirmed to the Chronicle that the club have received a lot of enquiries about Duncan Watmore's availability.
Watmore has shown great promise in the Black Cats’ youth-team, and interest in the youngster is rising.
So far Sunderland have rejected all offers that have came there way for the attacker, but Welsh admits that Watmore and a few of the other Sunderland youngsters are seeing their stocks rise.
“Duncan, who’s with the first team now, has attracted a lot of attention. Lynden Gooch has attracted quite a bit of attention," he said in the Chronicle.
“Tommy Robson has had a little bit, Mika Mandron has had some, so to be honest a lot of them, we’ve fielded calls on a number, but we’ll only do it when we feel it’s right.
“It wouldn’t surprise me, towards the window in January, whether we look to further some of these boys into the Football League, to give them that experience."
Watmore is considered to be a potential first-team star at Sunderland, and it seems unlikely that he will leave on loan.
The 22-year-old has recently stepped into Sam Allardyce’s first-team set-up, and he was handed a start in their latest outing against Southampton.
Watmore was unable to stop Sunderland falling to a deafeat in that fixture, but he will hope to have done enough to stay in the team after the international break.
Sunderland return to action in a week’s time with a match away against Crystal Palace.