West Brom interest in 19-year-old Kane Smith confirmed, Crystal Palace also keen

The Hitchin Town talent is wanted by Premier League clubs.

In recent weeks there has been plenty of talk regarding the success of former non-league players in the professional game.

The form of Premier League top-scorer Jamie Vardy helps, whilst the likes of Charlie Austin, Dwight Gayle and Danny Ings have also cut their teeth in the non-league system.

Now West Brom are said to be interested in another talented non-league talent. Kane Smith has been impressing at Hertfordshire club Hitchin Town this season - who play their football in the Southern Football League Premier Division, the seventh tier of English football.

The manager of Hitchin Mark Burke has confirmed the approach of West Brom, whilst Crystal Palace remain keen on the 19-year-old player - who also works as a labourer.

Burke told the Hertfordshire Mercury:

"The Crystal Palace U21 manager is keen to sign him. But it [the deal] needs to go through the hierarchy.

"West Brom have now officially approached us. It's possible he will go to The Hawthorns. He will talk to them.

"But I have got to look after Hitchin. I want the best for the boy. If he goes, he goes. I just don't want any messing around."

Palace have always had a reputation for dipping into the non-league market. Ian Wright is an obvious example but they also recently acquired Keshi Anderson from non-league Barton Rovers.

Hitchin will of course want to be fairly compensated for any deal involving the wing-back but that should not prove a problem for either Premier League club.

Who knows? Palace or West Brom might be getting their hands on the next Vardy.

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