Leeds and Derby among clubs eyeing Ben Kennedy

Stevenage's Ben Kennedy in action with Southend's Adam Barrett

HITC Sport understands several Championship sides are keen on the Stevenage star.

Stevenage's Ben Kennedy and Watford's Mario Suarez in actionStevenage's Ben Kennedy and Watford's Mario Suarez in action

Leeds United and Derby County are among several Championship sides tracking highly-rated Stevenage midfielder Ben Kennedy, HITC Sport understands.

Kennedy is regarded as one of the best young talents in the Football League after catching the eye at Stevenage since making his debut in January 2015.

The 20-year-old, who has made over 80 appearances for Stevenage, has not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid.

Scouts from a number of clubs have been regular visitors to the Lamex Stadium over the last 12 months to cast an eye over Kennedy.

Stevenage's Ben Kennedy in action with Southend's Adam BarrettLeeds and Derby are tracking Stevenage's Ben Kennedy

Kennedy scored nine goals and contributed nine assists as Stevenage finished just three points outside the League Two play-offs last season.

Stevenage handed Kennedy a new deal to try and ward off potential suitors in Kennedy, but that is unlikely to deter clubs from making a move for the Northern Ireland Under-21 international this summer.

Leeds have held a long-term interest in Kennedy and they could make a move for the all-action midfielder as new Whites boss Thomas Christiansen looks to reshape his squad at Elland Road.

Derby boss Gary Rowett is thought to be an admirer of Kennedy and with several players expected to leave the iPro Stadium this summer Rowett could firm up his interest in Kennedy.

Stevenage are keen to keep hold of Kennedy as they look to challenge for promotion again next season, but they could find their resolve tested if Kennedy's suitors firm up their interest this summer.

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