McAlear, 17, has come up through the Motherwell ranks, and he has been tipped for a bright future after a series of performances for Scotland Under-16' and Under-17's.
The 6ft 1in midfielder is now attracting major interest, and it's believed that Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers has wanted McAlear since his days at Celtic.
Rodgers' long-term interest in the Scot is being challenged though, as West Ham are thought to be plotting their own move for the teenager this summer.
Motherwell's academy is really starting to churn out talents, and whilst they're desperate to keep McAlear, they may find that he heads a similar way to David Turnbull and Jake Hastie – out of Fir Park.
Turnbull is set for Celtic whilst Hastie has joined Rangers, and McAlear may now head to England to continue his development, which would be a blow for Motherwell, but another sign of how their youth work is thriving.
Allan Campbell, Chris Cadden and James Scott are three more highly-rated youngsters, whilst young midfielder Stuart McKinstry is heading to Leeds United this summer.
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