Report: Everton eye 18-year-old sensation, face competition from three PL rivals
By Derek Smithson
Everton are one of four Premier League clubs interested in signing Coventry wonderkid Jordan Ponticelli, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Toffees, Leicester, Crystal Palace and recently promoted Huddersfield are all tracking the 18-year-old forward.
It is understood that Coventry have planned to introduce the teenager into their first team next season after his impressive performances in the youth league.
However the report details that the Midlands club now fear losing the striker following their relegation to League Two.
Everton scouts have been to watch Ponticelli in action during the past few months and Ronald Koeman wants to reshape his squad in the summer.
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Ponticelli has been in devastating form for Coventry’s Under-18 side as they won the Professional Development League title.
The attacker scored 27 goals for his hometown club and was the top scorer in the league.
Football Insider verdict:
Ponticelli is an exciting upcoming talent that has already shown his quality in front of goal at youth level. The 18-year-old is being tipped for a senior role in League Two next season and that would surely be the best thing for his development. Everton should pounce for the youngster if the club’s scouts deem him good enough, but a loan spell would possibly be the best idea regardless. Koeman has shown a real willingness to promote youth already during his time at the Merseyside club and it’s something that the fans want to see, with the likes of Tom Davies and Ademola Lookman excelling in the first team last season. However, to compete at the top-end of the Premier League the club need to ensure they are also chasing ready-made products to make an immediate impact.
In other Everton transfer news, they have made an offer for a 21-year-old attacker from PL rivals.