Championship chase on for Chelsea's Feruz

Chelsea's Islam Feruz in action with Juventus' Hordur Magnusson

HITC Sport understands several Championship and Portuguese clubs are chasing Chelsea starlet.

Chelsea's Islam Feruz in action with Juventus' Hordur MagnussonChelsea's Islam Feruz in action with Juventus' Hordur Magnusson

A number of Championship and Portuguese sides are lining up moves for Chelsea forward Islam Feruz, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

The Scotland Under-21 international has yet to make his senior debut for Chelsea, but is highly-regarded within the corridors of power at Stamford Bridge.

Feruz came to prominence at Celtic before making the controversial switch to Chelsea as a 16-year-old in 2011.

The 20-year-old has been a regular in Chelsea's Under-21 side and was rewarded with a new long-term in January 2014.

Chelsea decided to send Feruz out on during the 2014-15 season, but his two sells at OFI Crete and Blackpool did not work out as planned.

Feruz made just one appearance at OFI Crete before cutting the season-long spell short to join Blackpool, where he made only two appearances before being sent back early to Stamford Bridge.

The talented forward joined Hibernian on loan last season, but made only six appearances off the bench for the Edinburgh club.

Hibernian manager Alan Stubbs looks dejected after losing the Scottish League Cup FinalHibernian manager Alan Stubbs looks dejected after losing the Scottish League Cup Final

New Rotherham boss Alan Stubbs remains a fan of Feruz having signed him last season at Hibs and is keen to be reunited with him.

Cardiff, Reading and MK Dons are also chasing Feruz's signature along with several Portuguese sides as Chelsea weigh up the youngster's options.

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