Blackburn Rovers and Crystal Palace are negotiating over a deal for Adam Wharton, a midfield player. Several Premier League teams have been observing the England U20 international over the last two seasons, with scouts from Newcastle United, Everton, and Tottenham frequently in attendance at Ewood Park.
However, Palace has approached the 19-year-old, and negotiations are already taking place. Wharton, who made his England U20 debut against Italy in November, has made 45 appearances for Blackburn over the past two seasons and scored three goals. ‘He can do things that nobody sees before,’ said Blackburn manager Jon Dahl Tomasson. ‘He can play under pressure, one touch, and has great vision.’
Wharton has progressed through Blackburn’s academy, which the midfielder joined aged six, and recently signed a new five-year deal. Gregg Broughton, Blackburn’s director of football, believes Wharton is the best English prospect outside the top flight. His brother, Scott, seven years older at 26, is a regular in the heart of Rovers’ defence.
Palace have been scouring the market for midfielders after Cheick Doucoure picked up an Achilles injury that has ruined his season. Wharton is viewed as investment for the future though they believe he can make an immediate impact on the squad also.