HITC Sport understands a host of League One and League Two clubs are tracking highly-rated Hull City defender Lewis Ritson.

Hull City defender Lewis Ritson is a loan target for several clubs, including Scunthorpe and Port Vale during the January transfer window, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

League One strugglers Scunthorpe have expressed an interest in taking Ritson on loan as Iron boss Stuart McCall looks to improve their defensive options during next month’s transfer window, having conceded the most goals in the league this season with 42.

HITC understands Hull boss Nigel Adkins wants Ritson to gain some valuable first-team football in January and he has recommended the centre-back to his former club Scunthorpe.

Port Vale have been tracking Ritson since the start of the season, having watched him several times playing for Hull’s U23s and it’s thought they will make a move for the 20 year-old South Shields born-defender.

Ritson has made tremendous progress in his development at the Tigers. The aggressive ball-playing centre-back was rewarded with a new contract at the end of last season. He has captained the Tiger’s at every level apart from the first team.

HITC Sport understands a host of clubs will send scouts to watch Ritson in the Tigers’ two remaining U23 fixtures of 2018 against Bolton Wanderers and Sheffield Wednesday respectively and Hull will make a decision on where to loan him out in the New Year.

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