By Harry Sykes
Everton are one of a number of English clubs keeping close tabs on St Mirren teen sensation Kyle McAllister, according to a report.
The Mail claim Premier League champions Leicester and Aston Villa are also keeping tabs on the 17-year-old, who made four league appearances for the Scottish club last season.
The Scotland Under-17 international, who has won 10 caps at that level, is predominantly a central midfielder but can also play on the left wing and as a shadow striker behind a centre-forward.
McAllister, who also made an appearance in the Scottish League Cup against Hamilton recently, is regarded as one of the brightest young talents north of the border.
Scouts have been repeatedly watching the young star take to the field at Love Street and have filed eye-catching reports on the Scottish Championship side’s number 29.
McAllister would be regarded by Everton as a player to join their development squad rather than their senior set-up.
Ronald Koeman has experienced frustration in the transfer market this summer but clinched his first major summer signing on Tuesday when Idrissa Gueye joined from Aston Villa for £7.1million.
In other Everton transfer news, this wantaway star is weighing up a transfer request to force through a deal before 15 August.