'Great move...' - Exclusive: Whelan raves as Everton work on Liverpool-born signing
Noel Whelan believes joining Everton this summer would be a “great move” for exciting Wigan striker Joe Gelhardt.
The former Leeds United star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, believes Goodison Park would be an ideal place for the Liverpool-born prospect to develop.
As revealed exclusively by Football Insider, the Toffees have set their sights on signing the 17-year-old starlet before his 18th birthday in May, when the Latics would be able to tie him down to a long-term deal.
The promising hitman put pen to paper on a new youth deal last November but this has not stopped interest building from Premier League sides, with Football Insider revealing Liverpool’s interest last September.
However, Whelan believes the teenager would flourish in the blue half of Merseyside, heralding the club’s proven record of youth development.
“Everton have been fantastic with academy players, haven’t they?” Whelan told Football Insider.
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“They’re very much a team that believes in them and brings them through – not just this season or last season but for a decade now, they’ve trusted their youth setup and academy.
“They’re looking for the future there as well in someone they can groom into a very, very good Everton player. Hopefully, it’s the right price that they’ll get him for.
“He’s someone that will definitely learn at that football club with the talent that’s around him. That is the main thing, you only get better playing with better players.
“That will be a great move for the young man and in the long-term could be a really good move for Everton. They obviously see something in this young player.
“I’m sure he’s wetting his lips at the thought of training next to all those international players who could help him, guide him and make him a better player.”
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