Everton are ready to make their move for Sunderland teenager Chris Rigg in the hope of beating Newcastle United to his signature.
Reports from The Sun in April reported that Everton and Newcastle were both trying to sign Rigg this summer.
iNews now report that Everton are ‘set to move’ for Rigg at the end of the season as they eye something of a coup.
Newcastle’s interest is again noted in what would be a controversial swoop on their bitter North East rivals.
Former Sunderland Under-23 boss Elliott Dickman now works at Newcastle and may have the inside track on Rigg.
Rigg is only 14 but Dickman will surely be aware of how highly-rated the teenager is inside the Sunderland ranks.
Rigg would allegedly cost around £1million with Sunderland seeking a seven-figure deal for a player who hasn’t even turned 15 yet.
The midfielder looks to have a bright future ahead of him and is already playing in Under-18 Premier League games.
Everton need a full-scale overhaul and new director of football Kevin Thelwell may look to add some young talent.
Northern Irish teen Jack Patterson is already on his way in and Rigg could yet join him if Everton can pull off a deal.
Everton surely need to stay in the Premier League first though. Frank Lampard’s men aren’t safe yet and going down to the Championship may hamper their appeal.
Newcastle’s exciting new project will make them appealing to many potential signings, but whether Rigg would trade Wearside for Tyneside remains to be seen.
As for Sunderland, this would be another blow having lost a host of players from their youth ranks in recent times.
Top talents keep leaving Sunderland’s ranks; Sam Greenwood quit for Arsenal in 2018 before heading to Leeds United.
Luca Stephenson, Luke Hewitson and James McConnell all moved on to Liverpool whilst Logan Pye and Joe Hugill are at Manchester United.
Sunderland would no doubt love Rigg to emerge in their first team just like Dan Neil, but Everton seem ready to offer him a switch to Merseyside instead.