By Wayne Veysey

5th Jun, 2020 | 7:30am

Exclusive: Everton set sights on signing young centre-forward after big development

Everton are keeping close tabs on Kiwi wonderkid Matthew Garbett ahead of the summer window, Football Insider can reveal.

The Merseysiders have been alerted to the potential of the 18-year-old centre-forward, who is currently playing for in Sweden for Falkenbergs.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Everton and another Premier League big gun are monitoring the situation of Garbett with a view to a summer move.

The rising star is one of the most sought-after teenagers in Europe and has interest from clubs in Germany, France, Holland and Belgium.

Garbett is in line for a transfer to an elite club after signing up to English agency New Era Global Sports.

They beat off interest from a host of other agencies to agree to represent him.

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Garbett is already playing first-team football for Falkenbergs after signing in January from Wellington in his native New Zealand.

He has made two senior appearances for the the top-tier Swedish club and big things are expected of him in the coming years.

Garbett is a versatile front man set to feature for New Zealand at next summer’s Olympics and Under-20 World Cup.

Everton’s interest in Garbett comes amid doubts over the future of their current young forward Fraser Hornby.

The 20-year-old, who has been on loan at Belgian side KV Kortrijk this season, is said to be in talks to join French side Stade Reims, who finished in a lofty sixth place in this season’s Ligue 1.

In other Everton news, Southampton’s stance on selling Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to the Toffees is explained in detail.