​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. 

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: “George is our player for the future and we have a plan for him,” he said. 

“The worst we can do is try to put him in the first team too fast. He is not ready. “He is a big talent but he must play in the correct moments. To play at Under-23 is the standard he needs, against seniors.”