Report: Coventry City came sniffing around Stoke City's Tyrese Campbell in January

Paul Lambert talks to the media as he is officially unveiled as Stoke City new manager at Britannia Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

The Stoke City talent is said to have been a loan target for League Two Coventry City.

Tyrese Campbell of Stoke City battles with Sadou Diallo of Manchester City during the FA Youth Cup Semi Final second leg match between Stoke City and Manchester City at Bet365 Stadium on...

Coventry City came sniffing around Stoke City striker Tyrese Campbell in January, according to the Stoke Sentinel.

However, Coventry's plans to take Campbell on loan were ultimately thwarted by Potters manager Paul Lambert, who told the newspaper he will 'keep monitoring' the 18-year-old, who has a 'wee chance' of breaking into his first team plans.

Campbell - who is the son of ex-Arsenal and Everton goalscorer, Kevin Campbell - took his tally for Stoke's Under-23s this season to 14 with a double against Middlesbrough on Sunday.

8 May 1999:  Kevin Campbell of Everton celebrates one of his three goals in the FA Carling Premiership match against West Ham United at Goodison Park in Liverpool, England. Everton won 6-0....

"I can’t over protect him but I don’t want to flog him out there either," the Scot is quoted as having said. "This is new to him, this situation, so I’ve got to watch him. I will know myself when the time is right.

"He’s got to earn the right to get in first and foremost, he’s got to earn that, and he has to give me that problem. As an out and out goal scorer, he’ll do that.

"He played on Monday and had a couple of days’ recovery, then he trained with the kids – I had enough bodies just at the minute – but he’s one I will keep monitoring, certainly, because I think he’s got a wee chance.

Paul Lambert talks to the media as he is officially unveiled as Stoke City new manager at Britannia Stadium on January 16, 2018 in Stoke on Trent, England.

"His two goals on Monday night were excellent. He probably didn’t do much in the game, in contacts and general link up, but when he came into the box it was bread and butter, that’s a goal scorer. The kid is a natural goal scorer."

Coventry, who are competing for a place in the League Two play-offs this season, did eventually land a goalscorer in the shape of Rotherham United's Jonson Clarke-Harris, who returns to the Ricoh Arena after six years away.

Several Stoke fans took to Twitter after Campbell's latest performance for the U23s, calling on Lambert to use him against Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.

No first team player has scored more than five goals for Stoke this season.

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