NI Football Daily can reveal that Crystal Palace, currently sitting fourth in England's Premier League, are set to make a second bid for Ballymena United striker Matthew Shevlin.

The 16-year-old, who received his GCSE results just over a month ago, had a successful trial at Palace but the South London club saw their first bid turned down by Ballymena United.

Alan Pardew's men are looking to move quickly for the teen sensation and want to secure his signature ahead of a host of other interested clubs, which include Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town, Glasgow Celtic and Glasgow Rangers.

"Crystal Palace suggested they were keen to get a deal tied up quickly but their offer wasn't really one we would entertain," chairman Taggart told the Ballymena Times earlier this week.

It is understood that Palace will come back in for a second approach to tie up a deal swiftly.