By Danny Wright
Everton are plotting to make a bid for Celtic right-back Anthony Ralston when the transfer window re-opens in January, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Toffees have been in pursuit of Ralston, 18, ever since the end of last season when he broke into the Scottish title-holders’ first-team.
It is understood that Everton have done extensive research on the rising Scottish star, having watched him play at the Toulon Tournament in the summer when his Under-20s side finished third.
The report adds that the Premier League side had sent their scouts to cast their rule over the right-back while he was on on Scotland Under-21 duty last week when they beat the Netherlands.
Ralston is now said to have caught the eye of Everton on Tuesday after he marked Neymar in Celtic’s Champions League clash with Paris Saint-Germain.
Although the £198million Brazilian got himself on the scoresheet in the 5-0 thrashing of the Hoops, Ralston clearly did enough to impress Everton, who could perhaps do with a new right-back after Cuco Martina’s poor start to the campaign.
Football Insider Verdict
With Seamus Coleman out injury for a long time and Martina looking to be a summer flop, Ronald Koeman really could do with another option at right-back. It was strange that he signed Martina on a free from Southampton in the transfer window especially when he was barely playing on the south coast. Koeman clearly has a philosophy of bringing through young talent and Ralston would not only fit that, but he’d also be able to do a job in the first-team straight away should he come in. Playing against PSG on Tuesday means that he has already had experience of playing against teams that are better than what is in the Premier League.
In other Everton news, Davy Klaassen has made an admission about his early matches for the Toffees.