Transfer notebook: Foreign clubs eye swoop for Crystal Palace academy star Junior Dixon

Foreign clubs eye swoop for Crystal Palace academy star Junior Dixon - GETTY IMAGES
Foreign clubs eye swoop for Crystal Palace academy star Junior Dixon - GETTY IMAGES

Crystal Palace forward Junior Dixon is the latest English player attracting interest from foreign clubs following his goals in the Premier League Under-18 competition.

Dixon, 17, has topped the scoring charts with seven goals this season and has been scouted by Borussia Dortmund, who have previously had success in convincing Jude Bellingham and Jadon Sancho to move to Germany with a pathway to regular Bundesliga football.

Belgian club KRC Genk have also shown interest in the teenager, who is a second-year scholar at Selhurst Park and could leave at the end of the season with Palace receiving compensation. Everton are among the English clubs who have sent scouts to look at him.

Dixon, who has been at Palace since he was 13, first played for the Under-18s two seasons ago and is emerging as the latest exciting attacking prospect to come out of the club.

He has been working with Rob Quinn’s team and his goal-scoring feats this season have sparked clubs to make inquiries over his situation.

Everton eye ex-Chelsea Academy keeper

Everton are weighing up a move for Bodo/Glimt goalkeeper Nikita Haikin as he approaches the end of his contract with the Norwegian club.

The 27-year-old, who was at Chelsea’s Academy at the start of his career, has won the title and played in the famous win over Roma last season, but he is available on a free transfer in December at the end of the domestic season.

Asmir Begovic has been No 2 at Goodison Park this season but has until the end of the season on his current contract.

Haikin had spells in English academies without playing before moving to Israel and eventually Norway where he established himself as No 1 with Glimt and played in the Champions League.

He played in the defeat to Arsenal this week and made a string of saves despite the 3-0 scoreline.