Peterborough United are looking into the possibility of signing Leyton Orient striker Ruel Sotiriou, as reported by James Goodwin on Twitter.
Posh may lose Ivan Toney this summer and whilst they have a number of options, they’ve reportedly identified the 19-year-old as a possible uncut diamond. Peterborough have a strong reputation for taking young players from lower divisions and turning them into quality footballers.
Sotiriou has reportedly been offered a new deal by Orient, which he has not yet signed, and could theoretically leave for free. The Edmonton-born striker has emerged from the Orient ranks, having spent time out on loan at Heybridge Swifts, Leatherhead, Bishops Stortford, Hampton and Richmond and Dover Athletic.
He bagged three goals in as many games whilst at Crabble, but was recalled early from that loan spell to devasting effect. He netted six times in nine League Two matches for Orient before the season was curtailed, further raising his profile.
Now, it seems the 19-year-old, capped by Cyrpus at Under 21 level, has caught the eye of scouts further up the pyramid. Whilst transfers won’t be on the agenda for some clubs immediately, scouting and player targeting are surely still going on, with Sotiriou’s form enough to have him on plenty of notepads across the EFL.
Sotiriou has been around Orient for a while, with his growing talent needing time to mature, but he exploded onto the scene after returning from Dover. His last two loan spells have seen him mature into quite the prospect.
Orient have offered him a new deal and are clearly keen on retaining his services, but if clubs further up the ranks are eyeing him, it could turn into a bidding war. If he did walk away from Orient, they’d be due some compensation, but would it be sufficient to cover the youngster’s potential value?