Everton have lined up a move for Sheffield Wednesday forward George Hirst to replace David Henen after the Under-23s player confirmed he will be leaving Merseyside, according to a report.

The Liverpool Echo claims that the Toffees have a long-standing interest in the 19-year-old, who is also wanted by Manchester United and Leicester.

It is understood that the England Under-20 international’s deal at Hillsborough is due to end in the coming weeks after he refused to sign fresh terms last season.

Henen announced on his personal Twitter account that he will be leaving Goodison Park earlier on Wednesday.

Football Insider verdict

It seems as though Everton are really taking their Under-23s squad seriously as Hirst is likely being lined up to play in the development squad rather than being a back-up option to the first-team. The Toffees will face a real struggle to get the Sheffield Wednesday wonderkid by the sounds of it though as Man United will be a really tough team to beat in the hunt to sign him up. The 19-year-old has a lot of potential but has practically wasted a season at Sheffield Wednesday after he snubbed a new contract last year. The Owls will still get a compensation fee for the in-demand forward as he is a product of their academy and is under the age of 24, but due to the fact that he has only played two senior games for them, it may not be a lot. That’s good news for Everton, but it means it would also be a surprise that if it is just them, United and Leicester looking to sign the teenage sensation over the summer.

In other Everton news, the Blues are plotting to make an approach for this £2million-a-year manager with Sam Allardyce facing the sack.

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