EXCLUSIVE: Everton leading race for Hull striker as Leeds watch on

Date published: Wednesday 19th August 2020 2:37 - Jonny Whitfield

James Scott Hull City

Everton have enquired to Hull City about the potential of signing young Scottish forward James Scott, TEAMtalk understands.

Scotland Under-21 international Scott joined the Tigers from Motherwell in January in a deal worth £1.5million.

The 19-year-old suffered what he thought was a season-ending ankle injury in February. However, the delay to the season due to the pandemic meant Scott could play his part in the run-in.

He scored on his full debut in a 3-3 draw with Birmingham, but he could not help Hull avoid relegation to League One.

Although, he did impress in a number of his subsequent displays. The Glasgow-born forward made seven Championship appearances and TEAMtalk understands he is now attracting attention.

Everton are showing strong interest, with Hull understood to be keen on keeping him.

The Toffees see Scott as a player with huge potential and they would like to bring him into their Under-23s set-up.

Indeed, TEAMtalk reported on Everton’s interest back in September.

Leeds, Crystal Palace and Newcastle are also monitoring the situation.

Scott began his youth career with Motherwell, earning a place in the reserves set-up in May 2018. Last season, he scored one goal and assisted three others in 16 senior appearances.

In his final half-season in Scotland before his move to East Yorkshire, the striker contributed to seven goals from 28 appearances.

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