Portsmouth, Fleetwood Town, MK Dons and Oxford United are in the hunt to sign former Aston Villa defender Jacob Bedeau, Football Insider can reveal.
The centre-back, 21, is set to leave Scunthorpe United on a free transfer as the club can’t afford to take up the year option on him.
A source has told Football Insider his availability on a free transfer has alerted League One and Championship sides.
Bedeau joined Villa from Bury in a £900,000 deal three years ago after featuring in seven League One games as a teenager.
He only left Villa for Scunthorpe in January 2019 in search of regular first-team football and a quicker pathway to senior football.
The 21-year-old has now played over 50 times for the Iron including 44 League Two fixtures.
The London-born ace has started 32 games across all competitions this term for a team struggling towards the bottom of the fourth tier.
Scunthorpe are now vulnerable to losing one of their star defenders to a League One side.
Fleetwood Town and MK Dons will finish midtable in League One while Oxford United and Portsmouth are set to battle it out for the final play-off position.
Pompey sit in sixth on 72 points with Oxford a place below them on 71 points going into the final game of the season this weekend.
Oxford host Burton Albion on Sunday while Portsmouth face Accrington Stanley.