GOAL-DEN boy Richard Burgess could soon be on his way out of the Victoria Ground after a wealth of clubs declared their interest in the diminutive centre forward.

The 21-year-old spends next week on trial with Nationwide Division Two outfit Northampton Town, but he may end up with Premier League Leicester City.

Scouts from Filbert Street watched Burgess -- who was signed for Rovers by George Rooney -- in action during Saturday's defeat to Tiverton, as did officials from Nottingham Forest, Walsall, Portsmouth and Altrincham.

Bromsgrove's Western Division rivals Evesham United have already failed in a seven-day approach for the former Stoke City youngster after Burgess decided to stay put.

But it looks likely he will soon be on the move after Crystal Palace also declared an interest in the player, who has consistently shown his quality this season.

Palace scout and former Stourbridge boss Steve Daniels ran the rule over the pint-sized predator last night ahead of talks with chief executive Pat Bannister over the vacant managers job.

And the Burgess deal could be Daniels farewell gesture to Selhurst Park if he ends up in the Bromsgrove hot seat.

Aside from Daniels, Bannister revealed a managers shortlist has not been drawn up, although the leading contenders are still former boss Bob Green, current fitness coach Paul Madders and ex-Halesowen Town supremo John Chambers.

Talking about Burgess, Bannister explained : "We don't want to lose him but if he does move we'll be looking for some sort of compensation. Our job as a non-league club is to uncover a gem and sell him on for a big-fee because we need the finance."

Matt Southwick could be the ready-made replacement for Burgess after his move from Stourport Swifts while fellow striker Scott Gennard recovers from a torn stomach muscle. Former Lye Town midfielder Stuart Cole has joined while ex-Manchester United reserve team skipper Craig Dean was due to sign for Rovers last night.

Craig Pountney has turned down offers to join Racing Club Warwick and Sutton Coldfield Town while defender Steve Ulfig is also staying at Bromsgrove despite Evesham's interest.