Grimsby Town boss Paul Hurst has confirmed there is interest in the Mariners’ Ben Grist amid reports Leicester City are closing in on the talented midfielder.
Grist has been around the Mariners’ first-team since the age of 15 and his development has not gone unnoticed by several Premier League sides all eager to land the teenager.
Manchester United are reported to be interested in the 16-year-old, but Leicester are said to be favourites to clinch his signature.
And Grimsby boss Paul Hurst has admitted Premier League sides are looking to sign the Mariners starlet and his future is now being discussed by the club’s owners Jason Stockwood and Andrew Pettit.
“Jason (Stockwood) and Andrew (Pettit) have made it pretty clear that this will happen for the right reasons, if indeed it does,” Hurst told the BBC.
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“It’s not a case of ‘let’s just sell all our young assets’ or anything like that.
“There is interest, I’m happy to confirm that. Other than that at this moment in time, I think talks are ongoing.
“It’s certainly not a done deal as yet. It’s difficult for any young player if you’re in their shoes, and the media speculation and maybe clubs have been in touch.
“That must be difficult to deal with. I wasn’t that good so I never had that problem!
“But you can imagine it’s not easy. From what I hear and bits I’ve seen, it seems like he’s got a good head on his shoulders, and a supportive family unit, so we’ll see how it plays out.
“Again, the biggest point for me is it’s not about ‘let’s just get rid of all our young players’.
“We’ll try and do what we feel is right, and try to be fair, and I think that’s something that they’re both very big on – how we treat people.
“We can’t be a charity of course, but at the same time we want to try and conduct ourselves in the right way and do things in the right manner.”