Arsenal sent scouts to watch 16-year-old goalkeeper Callan McKenna start for Queen’s Park in Scotland on the weekend.

That’s according to an exclusive update from the Daily Record who also shared that Southampton had scouts at the game.

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On top of that, Brighton Hove Albion are also said to be in talks with Queen’s Park to sign McKenna.

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The report does suggest that Premier League interest is likely to gazump Southampton’s, despite their initial contact being made over a year ago.

Callan McKenna signed a professional deal with Queens back in January and is thought to have a lot of potential.

The goalkeeper has now started four games for the club this season, two in the league and two in the cup.

A 16-year-old starting for any professional side is impressive, let alone in a position that is regarded for those with experience.

It does seem it’ll be a matter of time before McKenna makes a move away from his Scottish Championship side.

Arsenal’s interest comes at a time when they seemingly look set to part ways with a current Scotland star, Kieran Tierney.

Arsenal have sent scouts to watch Queen’s Park goalkeeper McKenna

In addition to his fledgling club career, McKenna also now has four caps for Scotland’s under-17s.

Such achievements for a keeper of his age will never go unnoticed and it’ll be interesting to see if Brighton push for a move now Arsenal are looking at the player.

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Of course if you look at the last few years, Brighton having interest in a player should be enough scouting in itself.

The club’s data-led approach has received a ton of plaudits of late and has consistently yielded success.

Moreover, Brighton’s interest in their targets is usually hidden pretty well – another feather to their bow.

If Arsenal do decide to make a move and they beat Brighton to Queen’s Park’s McKenna then it could be seen as something of a coup.

A strange statement to attribute to the bigger club, but such is Brighton’s growing reputation for improving players right now.