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Interest mounts in Boyce

Sky Sports understands a host of Football League clubs are tracking Northern Ireland striker Liam Boyce.

Boyce, who had a spell at Werder Bremen earlier in his career, has attracted the interest of a number of English teams over the last 18 months following his scoring exploits for Cliftonville.

The 22-year-old scored 36 goals last season and had 17 assists, and he has maintained his fine form this term netting 15 goals with 17 assists for the Reds.

Northern Ireland international Boyce was named player of the year and writers' player of the year last season and is regarded as one of the best talents to emerge from the country.

Scouts from all over Europe have been flocking to Solitude to watch Boyce in action with Belgian side STVV casting an eye over the attacker on several occasions this season.

Boyce's contract at Cliftonville expires in the summer and the news has alerted a number of his suitors who are now ready to make a move this month.

Cliftonville are reluctant to lose Boyce as they battle to retain their Premiership title, but are bracing themselves for offers for their star asset.