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.
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.
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