Searching for the next Kroos or Fabregas: Everton scouts reportedly head to watch Under-17 World Cup

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman arrives for the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on...

Everton and Manchester United have reportedly sent scouts to the Under-17 World Cup in India.

A General view inside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Stoke City at Goodison Park on August 12, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

According to the New Indian Express, Everton and Manchester United have both sent scouts to India in order to watch the Under-17 World Cup.

Whilst much of the media has been focused on the senior World Cup, given that this has been the final week of group stage qualifying, the Under-17 World Cup has been getting underway in India.

The tournament got underway last Friday, and England have made a strong start to the competition having beaten Chile 4-0 and Mexico 3-2 in their first two group games.

Everton's Dutch manager Ronald Koeman arrives for the English Premier League football match between Manchester United and Everton at Old Trafford in Manchester, north west England, on...

The United States, Paraguay, Iran, Brazil and France are the other teams to have won both of their games so far, and the tournament presents clubs with a chance to see young talents in action ahead of possible moves to sign prospects.

Now, the New Indian Express report that scouts from two Premier League clubs – Everton and Manchester United – have been posted around India watching the tournament in the hope of finding some gems.

Much like in any major tournament, history provides success stories as well as tales of failure from the Under-17 World Cup. For instance, two of the Golden Ball winners in previous years, Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas, have gone onto stardom, and Everton will certainly be hoping to find two players who grow to that calibre in the future.

General view outside the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Tottenham Hotspur at Goodison Park on September 9, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Conversely, 2009 Golden Ball winner Sani Emmanuel has gone on to very little over the course of his career, whilst the top scorer of the 2007 tournament, Macauley Chrisantus, is now playing for Lamia in Greece having been courted by Real Madrid eight years ago.

So far, England's Jadon Sancho has starred, but he has only recently joined Borussia Dortmund, making any move from Everton unlikely, but they could have their eyes on Lyon's French forward Amine Gouiri, after scoring four goals in two games.

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