Everton have joined Leeds United in the hunt to sign Hearts wonderkid Harry Cochrane, according to reports.
News outlet TeamTalk claims that the Premier League club have jumped to the front of the queue in the race to sign up Cochrane, 16, and they may try to make a move for him before the end of this month.
The Scottish Sun reported in November that Leeds director of football Victor Orta is a huge admirer of the teenage sensation, who has been in fine form in the Scottish Premiership this season having already established himself as a member of the first-team with Hearts despite his tender age.
It was understood that Cochrane would be worth £500,000 to make the move to Elland Road, but since then, the midfielder’s form has improved to the point that he ran the show against Scottish title-holders Celtic when Hearts ended their 69-game unbeaten run in December.
Cochrane scored his first professional goal in a 4-0 hammering of Celtic in one of the biggest shocks in Scottish top-flight football over the past few years.
Football Insider verdict
Cochrane is a very highly-rated player north of the border and would be well-suited to joining and English club in order to make a name for himself. However there is a little to no chance that he would get first-team football with either Everton or Leeds. Staying at Tynecastle would definitely be the best option for Cochrane at this stage in his career. At just 16-years-of-age, he has two or three years where he must stay in Scotland and develop himself. If he was to move to England now, he would get nowhere near the amount of experience to be able to mix it with the big boys in the Championship or Premier League.
In other Leeds United news, the Yorkshire club have completed the signing of this goalkeeper.