By Tom Blackburn
Sheffield United sensation Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the subject of strong interest from rival clubs, according to the Yorkshire outfit.
But the United manager Chris Wilder has insisted that Everton have not yet finalised a deal for the 19-year-old.
In an interview with the Sheffield Star, United manager Chris Wilder described reports that the Premier League have agreed to sign Calvert-Lewin as premature.
“There have been no offers for Dominic,” Wilder said. “But, do you know what? I’d much rather have clubs interested in our players than not. There’s a reason why people are interested and that’s because they are good players.
“Yes, there’s been a little bit of interest but no firm bids have come in. When we came in, we had the intention of working with them and that’s not changed.”
“As a League One club, if Premier League clubs come calling then they are in a powerful position. Agents get involved and heads can get turned.
“We can’t be arrogant enough to say that, in this type of situation, we aren’t a selling club because we are in the third division. When firm offers come in, if they come in, then they’ll be considered the same as happens everywhere else.”
Calvert-Lewin has made 11 senior appearances for League One side United, with nine of those coming at the end of the 2015-16 season as a reward for his form at Northampton.
The Sheffield native scored eight goals and provided one assist in 26 games in all competitions for Northampton.
Calvert-Lewin would go straight into Everton’s Under-21 set-up and become the third young recruit of the summer if he was to sign with Everton already confirming deals for Coventry City striker Bassala Sambou and Oldham Athletic goalkeeper Chris Renshaw.
In other Everton news, they have opened talks to sign a £20million rated striker as Koeman steps up overhaul.