Report: Manchester United pursuing surprise swoop on Everton for teenager Joe Williams

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Manchester United are reportedly pursuing Everton's Joe Williams.

According to the Daily Mail, Manchester United have been watching Everton teenager Joe Williams ahead of a possible move for the midfielder.

United have splashed the cash since appointing Louis van Gaal in 2014, with big names such as Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Anthony Martial all arriving last summer.

Some fans have been a little frustrated with United's insistence on spending big on players rather than developing their own stars, but youngsters such as Jesse Lingard, Axel Tuanzebe, Marcus Rashford and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson have all stepped up into the first team this year.

Still, United are looking to improve their youth ranks, and the Daily Mail report that they have set their sights on Everton's Joe Williams.

The 19-year-old midfielder has been on the books with Everton since the age of just seven, and penned a three-year professional contract with the Toffees back in 2014.

Tipped for a bright future, Williams has been described as a tough tackling midfielder, and has been a regular for the Everton Under-21 side - with United now watching his progress.

It's believed that United are keen to lure Williams over to Old Trafford with a view to developing him for first team football, but Everton won't let him go easily.

According to the report, Everton will consider offering Williams a new contract, given that he currently has 18 months left on his current deal - but the prospect of turning out for United may well be tempting for Williams, just as it was for Wayne Rooney over ten years ago.

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