By Will Butcher

Aston Villa are one of a number of English clubs that have been credited with an interest in highly-rated St. Mirren youngster Kyle McAllister, according to a report.

Premier League champions Leicester and Mark Hughes’ Stoke are also said to be keeping tabs on the wonderkid, after the 17-year-old made four league appearances for the Buddies last season.

Football website HITC claim that St. Mirren boss Alex Rae has already turned down an approach for the midfielder from an unnamed club as they battle to keep hold of their prize asset.

The Scotland Under-17 international is predominantly a central midfielder but can also play on the left wing and as a shadow striker behind a centre-forward.

McAllister, who also made an appearance in the Scottish League Cup, is regarded as one of the brightest young talents north of the border.

The report claims that scouts have been repeatedly watching the young star take to the field at Love Street and have filed eye-catching reports on the Scottish Championship side’s number 29.

Former Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo has been active in the transfer market so far, making a total of three signings as he looks to secure an instant return to the Premier League.

Reading’s Aaron Tshibola joins for £5million, while former Manchester United goalkeeper Pierluigi Gollini secured a £4million and Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick has put pen to paper at Villa Park for £3million.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Premier League side Everton are set to announce the signing of this midfielder.