Manchester United are reported to be among several clubs who have had Everton Under-21 midfielder Joe Williams watched this season.
Williams joined Everton as a seven-year-old and has earned rave reviews for his performances with Everton’s U21 side, attracting the attention of a host of Premier League clubs, according to the Daily Mail.
Among those said to have watched Williams extensively are United, who ‘are making a concerted effort to improve the quality in their youth ranks as they look to build for the future’.
Everton, however, will be determined to keep hold of Williams and have already shown they will not be forced into selling their best young players having fought off Chelsea’s interest in John Stones over the summer.
Williams has 18 months remaining on his contract at Goodison Park, but Everton may now look to tie the 19-year-old down to a longer deal to fend off the growing interest from rival clubs.