By Dominic Toner
Everton have had a bid rejected by Sheffield United for young goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale, according to a report.
Sky Sports claimed on their transfer centre blog (Monday, 3:19pm) that the Toffees have failed with a bid for the 18-year-old.
The report details the emphatic response from Sheffield United for as they look to help hold of the shot stopper.
Ramsdale is an England under-19 international and has already featured five times for his nation.
The goalkeeper is also the number two option at Bramall Lane this season behind Simon Moore.
He has featured twice this season since making his breakthrough into the first-team and played in both FA Cup matches, including a 6-0 win over Leyton Orient.
The youngster is highly-rated and is the back-up for the second-placed side in League One at the age of 18.
Football Insider verdict:
Ramsdale is certainly a player who looks set to play in the top-flight and the Toffees may seriously consider going back in with an improved bid to secure his signature. Ronald Koeman’s side are extremely strong in most areas, but the goalkeeping department is a weak area for them. Joel Robles and Maarten Stekelenburg are steady options, but should not be the number one at Goodison Park. Everton should prioritise a couple of new goalkeepers for next season, including an experienced shot stopper to take the number one position. Youngster Ramsdale certainly looks like an exciting prospect and could develop nicely at the Merseyside club. There is also a good core of young English players emerging at Everton and he could join the likes of Tom Davies and Mason Holgate.
In other Everton transfer news, Koeman has confirmed his interest in a Premier League defender.