Transfer speculation: Several clubs chasing Hartlepool's Luke James

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Sky Sports understands a number of clubs are chasing Hartlepool starlet Luke James.

Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough, Huddersfield, Brentford and Shrewsbury are all thought to be weighing moves for the attacking midfielder this summer.

The 18-year-old, who has come through the youth ranks at Victoria Park, has previously attracted the interest of Newcastle and Celtic.

Highly-rated by his club, James made 26 league and cup appearances last term, scoring three times.

Following their relegation to League Two Hartlepool could find it difficult to keep hold of their prize asset James.