THE race for Jake Young continues to hot up with League One high-flyers Derby thought to be showing an interest.

Paul Warne’s Rams, who City beat in the Bristol Street Motors Trophy recently, and Charlton are said to be monitoring the situation with the striker.

Both are considering whether to table an offer after being made aware of the club’s evaluation of the 22-year-old.

The Bantams have already rejected three bids for Young which have all fallen short of their asking price for a player who has 18 months left on his Valley Parade contract plus another year’s option in the club’s favour.

Carlisle were one of those to be knocked back and chief executive Ryan Sparks and boss Graham Alexander have both since responded to Cumbrian manager Paul Simpson’s public comments.

Sparks, speaking exclusively to the T&A, called them “unacceptable” and said: “I’m not sure what the EFL’s opinion is on the matter, although I know what the rules and regulations state, and it will be interesting to see if any action is taken.”

Exeter and Port Vale are also believed to be keen on Young following his 16-goal haul during his loan spell with Swindon.

Sparks added: “There is naturally a lot of speculation floating around, but we would never look to sell any player unless the club was comfortable in doing so and adequately compensated.”