A lot has been made of Everton appointing Steve Walsh as their Director of Football in the summer but Goal France reports that the Toffees are targeting 16-year-old prodigy N’Sama Simon have the former Leicester City scouts fingertips all over it.
The publication reports that Everton have scouted the teenage midfielder on a number of occasions in recent weeks while Manchester City, under the stewardship of Pep Guardiola, one of the world’s most eminent identifiers of young talent, are also holding an interest.
Simon, the captain of Lens’ Under-17 team, has been tipped as a future first-team star for the Ligue 2 club, possibly following in the footsteps of Raphael Varane (below) and Wylan Cyprien in making his name at on one of France’s most prodigious production lines.
However, as Goal France reports, the midfielder has not yet signed professional terms with the club despite travelling to their pre-season training camp in Morocco.
And this will give Everton and Manchester City hope that they can swoop in and secure the signature of a player who has impressed scouts with his two-footedness.
Ronald Koeman has already handed the likes of Mason Holgate, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and most notably Tom Davies (below) first-team opportunities this season while City possess one of the world’s most impressive academy systems, boosted by their state-of-the-art Etihad complex.