Kevin Phillips has urged Stoke City rising star Mohamed Sankoh to join Everton this summer amid strong interest from Premier League clubs and Celtic.

The former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, cited the strength of the academy and first-team opportunity as reasons why the 16-year-old should pick Goodison Park.

The Stoke starlet has attracted interest across the UK with Spurs, Chelsea and Celtic all hoping to secure the striker’s signature.

Football Insider understands the player is weighing up his options including joining Jose Mourinho’s side and taking advantage of their new state art training facilities and stadium.

However, Phillips, having experienced the Toffees academy first-hand, believes a move to Merseyside would be best.

“I would have to say, Everton,” he told Football Insider. “You are at a Premier League club.

“They have always had a good academy and a good youth system. My lad has played against them many times and they usually get beaten.

“They get some very good young players there and quite a few of them have gone through into the first team.

“If he can get to Everton, I think that would be the best place for him.”

Sankoh cannot be tied down to a professional contract by Stoke until he turns 17 in October and the aforementioned clubs are looking to capitalise on this.

The Netherlands under-17 international has scored nine goals and supplied nine assists at for the Potters’ under-18 side this season.

Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Tom Davies are the latest products of the Toffees youth system that have gone on to establish themselves as first-team regulars.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that the club have told international player to find a new club this summer.