Date: 7th March 2008 at 11:35am
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Pompey are one of several top flight clubs that are hoping to add Havant & Waterlooville youth striker Ryan Gates to their set ups. A number of scouts have watched the striker this season, who has scored an incredible 95 goals in 40 games! And all this as a 12-year-old?

Reading and Southampton are also keen on adding them to their Academy sides, with Arsenal making a late enquiry, with all 4 clubs interested in giving him a trial. The Arsenal interest has shocked Gates’ father Derran Gates who told The News: ‘I am totally gob smacked.

‘They want to come and see him and take him up there to play against either Chelsea Youth or Norwich Youth. They want to see him in action.

‘We’ll see what club is best for Ryan. For this to happen to a 12-year-old, it’s brilliant’.

That is some strike rate, as even at a youth level to score that amount of goals takes something special – and not everyone can manage this.

Gates Snr has admitted that Reading are the favourites at the moment to sign him, but you can never say never. It is quite frightening in many ways to think that so many clubs are all after a kid as young as 12-years-old though?

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