Everton are hoping to secure a deal for impressive Sheffield Wednesday teenager George Hirst during the January transfer window, according to the Liverpool Echo.
The Toffees are hoping to add four players to their Under-23 ranks this month and have eyed Hirst, 17, as a potential candidate.
The England Under-18 international signed a professional contract with Wednesday last year, which has him tied to the club until 2018, but may be persuaded to accept the eye-opening chance to join a Premier League club.
Carlos Carvalhal says George Hirst is "happy" at #SWFC and loves the club, amid reported interest from Everton.— Rob Staton (@robstaton) January 12, 2017
Hirst has scored 22 goals in 30 matches for Wednesday's youth set-up. At 6ft 3in tall, he offers plenty of height and physical presence, but is extremely mobile and good with the ball at his feet.
Sheffield Wednesday are Hirst's boyhood club and, after six years working hard to earn a professional contract, it may be difficult to lure him away at this early stage in his career, with the Owls most likely keen to remind him that he has plenty of time left to attract potential suitors.
Owls manager Carlos Carvalhal said he would not be leaving during the current window as Wednesday have a plan for his future in the first-team: