Middlesbrough and Hull City are interested in signing St. Patrick’s Athletic’s 17-year-old old sensation Sam Curtis but face hefty competition from some of England’s biggest clubs, according to reports.
Despite being just 17, Curtis has already made over 60 first-team appearances for League of Ireland side Pats and started at right-back at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday as his side lifted the FAI Cup, following a 3-1 win in the final over Dublin rivals Bohemians.
Curtis also earned the title of Pats’ Young Player of the Year for 2023 and has been garnering interest from clubs all over England, including Manchester United, Manchester City, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, according to TeamTalk.
Sam Curtis’s goal to put Pats 2-0 up!🔴⚪️
What a talent. pic.twitter.com/A9TIL1v9ge
— Rep of Ireland Player Tracker (@reptracker) August 4, 2023
The report also claims that Middlesbrough and Hull are keeping tabs on his progress across the water, but are up against clubs competing in European competition which could make it incredibly difficult for either side to secure his services.
The Saints could also lose 16-year-old starlet Mason Melia, with treble-winners Man City keen to make a double-swoop for the Irish duo.
Curtis has received huge praise in recent times for his displays in men’s football at such a young age. Former Pats head coach Tim Clancy called the fullback “phenomenal” during his stint in the dugout.
The Saints youngster has even admitted that his style of play is heavily influenced by Chelsea defender Reece James:
Middlesbrough and Hull will find it really difficult to come out on top when some of the world’s biggest clubs are in the running. However, what each side can offer in comparison to the rest is regular first-team football.
Curtis can go to City or United and not feature for years but will likely be a squad player or even a starter in the Championship which will benefit him more in the long-run.