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Southampton keen on signing Christchurch's Harry Cornick
9:24am Friday 7th September 2012 in Sport
SAINTS and Stoke City are chasing one of the hottest teenage properties in south coast football.
And Bournemouth are also interested in Harry Cornick, who plays for Christchurch in the Sydenhams Premier Division.
The 17-year-old has attracted a number of scouts to Hurn Bridge this season following a string of impressive performances.
The sought-after winger/striker, from Poole, is also currently the subject of seven-day approaches from Dorset non-league rivals Poole Town and Dorchester Town.
However, Kemp says Cornick is keen to continue his studies and could opt to stay with Priory for at least another month before making a decision on his future.
Kemp said: “Stoke have had him watched, AFC Bournemouth have invited him to go to their development academy and Saints have been in touch to say they are going to watch him over the next two weeks to see what they think of him.
“There is a high level of interest.
“The one thing we are very concerned about is that everybody will want to make a buck out of him.
“When you are hot property, you are hot property.
“He doesn’t get paid for us and is on non-contract terms.
“He realises his best option is to be a non-contract player because he is then free to make his own choices.
“The fact is we would like to get a friendly out of whatever happens – if he decides to move on – as well as some recognition and, maybe, a small donation towards our new changing rooms.”
Christchurch have seen former stars Michael Green (Port Vale) and Ben Dickenson (Brighton) earn chances in the professional game in recent years.
But while Kemp believes Cornick is another bright prospect, he says he will not be rushed into a decision.
He added: “I am getting phone calls almost daily.
“I involve his dad in all the chats and I think he has pretty much come to the conclusion that he is going to take a month because there is just so much happening.
“It is very early days.
“The good thing with Christchurch is there is no pressure on him.
“But the general consensus is that – without bigging him up too much – at this age, he is better than Ben Dickenson.”
When asked about Cornick, Paul Groves confirmed Cherries were keen to monitor the local nonleague circuit.
The Cherries boss said: “What you try to do is make sure you cover everything in your area and don’t miss anything in your area.”