Even Championship sides have a far ranging scouting network, and by far ranging, we mean down the leagues abroad.
Take the latest report from L’Equipe, for example, as they claim both Queens Park Rangers and Stoke City are looking at a young player in AJ Auxerre’s reserves.
The Ligue 2 side have a long history of producing exciting players, with the likes of Eric Cantona, Djibril Cissé and Philippe Mexès all starting their careers there, and there will be hope Lassine Sinayoko is the next big thing.
The 20-year-old, who has yet to make an appearance for the first team, has apparently caught the eye of both QPR and Stoke, scoring six goals and picking up two assists in National 2 so far.
According to L’Equipe, those in charge of transfers under Mark Warburton and Michael O’Neill have ‘taken information’ about the striker, suggesting there is a real interest there.
We’ll let you know if we find anything else, but it shows Stoke and QPR aren’t just looking in England for their next reinforcement.