Second bid made: Race for striker on Everton radar hots up as PL rivals raise ante - report
By Danny Wright
Leicester have tabled an improved bid for Sheffield Wednesday wonderkid and Everton target George Hirst, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Leicester have upped the ante to £2million after having their initial £1million bid rebuffed by the Owls earlier this summer.
The report says that the Foxes have also included a “host of add-ons” in their latest attempt to land the teenage sensation.
As well as Everton and their Premier League rivals Leicester, it is understood that many teams are in the race for Hirst, 18, with Arsenal, Manchester United and Newcastle among the teams vying for his signature.
However the Daily Mail reports that the Foxes are in pole position to snap up the emerging talent, who has been dubbed as one of the most promising young strikers in England.
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The five-times England Under-20 international already has some first-team experience under his belt at Hillsborough, having made two appearances off the bench last season in matches against Reading and Cambridge United.
Football Insider Verdict
Hirst looks like a great talent but it seems that Everton will have to move quickly if they want to beat Leicester to snapping him up. The Toffees have already made additions to their Under-23 squad this summer as Ronald Koeman looks to show his long-term vision for the Merseyside club. Hirst would be another good addition to that. He is on the verge of the Sheffield Wednesday first-team squad and it would be a clever deal if they can sign him for around £2million and loan him back to Hillsborough for the duration of the current season. The Toffees don’t really have many up-and-coming strikers, so Hirst could be a great understudy for players like Wayne Rooney or Sandro Ramirez in the future.