Everton in hunt for £6m-rated forward tipped for stardom by Frank Lampard - report
By Danny Wright
Everton are among three Premier League sides in the hunt for New York City forward Jack Harrison, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Leicester and Brighton are also keeping tabs on Harrison, 20, who is said to be valued at £6million by the MLS franchise.
It is understood that Premier League clubs have been alerted to the England Under-21 international, who is causing shockwaves in the States and has earned rave reviews off some big names in European football.
David Villa and Patrick Vieira are said to be big fans of the wide-forward, but former Chelsea and New York City midfielder Frank Lampard has led the tributes to the emerging talent, tipping him for stardom in the future.
“I speak to Jack all the time,” Lampard said to MLSsoccer.com in June. “I think there a lot of big things to come from Jack. I like him, he’s a great lad, great ability.”
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Harrison scored 10 goals and supplied three assists in his 37 appearances across all competitions this season, where he helped New York City reach the MLS play-offs.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton need attacking talent and they would get that in abundance if they manage to complete a swoop for Harrison in January. Leicester and Brighton are attractive options, but the chance to play for a club that is actively giving young English players a shot in the first-team is something that would surely make Everton his No 1 choice should that matter arise. Harrison is getting a lot of attention in the US and rightly so. His talents are also getting more attention in the UK due to his call up to the England Under-21 side and the constant praise that Lampard is giving him. You heard it here first, Harrison will be a mainstay for a Premier League in the future.
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