Falkirk face a battle to keep hold of starlet Scott Arfield in January as a host of English clubs look ready to make a bid for him.
The 20-year-old midfielder has been scouted by the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United over the past 12 months.
But the Championship could very well be where Arfield is destined as skysports.com understand at least half-a-dozen clubs have been keeping close tabs on him.
Reading, Sheffield United, Burnley, Cardiff, Birmingham, and Swansea are amongst the teams understood to have been impressed by him in recent weeks.
Arfield is tied to Falkirk for another four-and-half years - but the Bairns may not be able to reject a sizeable approach.
After seeing his side lose at the weekend against Celtic, where Arfield was again Falkirk's stand-out player - John Hughes admitted money was tight at the club.
"I think we're feeling the pennies. We're feeling the crunch," he admitted.
"I was talking to a couple of the directors and I don't think there will be any money there to bring anyone in during January."
A number of Premier League clubs are also tempted by Arfield, but the Scottish U21 international is likely to be more inclined to plump for regular first-team football in the second tier.