Everton are reportedly risking losing teenage sensation Ryan Astley, as they have yet to offer the defender a professional contract.
The 16-year-old has been hailed as one of the club’s top prospects by Under-23s coach David Unsworth and is already attracting interest from a host of big clubs, including Arsenal.
The Gunners are said to have noted that the Toffees have yet to tie Astley down and that he is still on scholarship terms, according to the report in the Daily Mirror.
Astley, who turns 17 next month, could be pinched from under Everton’s noses if they fail to act quickly to secure his future.
The youngster has already represented Wales at Under-19 level and Unsworth is clearly a huge fan, after giving Astley his bow for Everton’s Under-23s back in March.
He said: “I can’t remember an Under-16 coming in and starting a game at his level since I’ve been here, but I thought he was the best player on the pitch. It was a stunning performance.”
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