A host of Championship clubs are battling to land Sunderland youngster Ryan Noble, skysports.com can confirm.
Noble has recently returned to fitness following a back problem which saw him sidelined since last season.
But the 20-year-old striker is now very much back in form and has hit a remarkable seven goals in his last three reserve games, including two hat-tricks.
And his treble against Scunthorpe on Tuesday came in the space of just six minutes.
Even before his recent goalscoring stint there were clubs looking to take him before last week's loan deadline.
Sunderland did not want Noble going out then, but they now look ready to sanction a deal in January and more than half-a-dozen clubs are keen.
Middlesbrough, Derby, Coventry, Burnley and Blackpool are amongst those believed to be considering a move.