Son of Maradona seeks tartan tranquillity

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Diego Maradona Jnr, the 16-year-old son of the Argentinian former World Cup winner, was at the centre of the season's most unlikely transfer scramble last night when three Scottish clubs confirmed they were in talks to take the teenage prodigy on loan.

Diego Maradona Jnr, the 16-year-old son of the Argentinian former World Cup winner, was at the centre of the season's most unlikely transfer scramble last night when three Scottish clubs confirmed they were in talks to take the teenage prodigy on loan.

First Division Clyde were the first to announce that representatives of Maradona Jnr, currently with his father's former club Napoli, were looking for a place where he could develop away from the intense media pressure of Italy. "He's too young to play for the first team there and they want to put him out on loan next season," Alan Kernaghan, the Cyde manager, said.

The player's mother, Cristiana Sinagra, said offers had also been made by two Premier League clubs, Dunfermline Athletic and Kilmarnock. The Dunfermline chairman, John Yorkton, confirmed last night he was in talks about a loan deal.

A spokesman for Kilmarnock, David Heath, added: "We took a call from a representative who said the boy was looking for an opportunity in Britain and we said we'd be interested. They said they wanted a British club and maybe the feeling is he has a better chance of first-team football in Scotland than England."

Maradona Snr had the briefest of relationships with his son's mother and only acknowledged paternity after DNA tests in 1993.

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