Everton plan raid on Manchester City for top academy prospect – report

Everton are planning a surprise move for highly-rated Manchester City youth striker, Lukas Nmecha, Alan Nixon of The Sun reports.

The 18-year-old is a very prolific goalscorer at youth level and was named on the bench by Pep Guardiola for City’s Carabao Cup tie with Wolverhampton Wanderers in October, a sign of how highly he is thought of at the Etihad.

But Everton director of football Steve Walsh believes the Merseyside club can tempt the Germany-born England youth international with the promise of quicker first-team football, and with his contract up in June 2018 believe they could land him as soon as January.

Championship side Derby are also keen on Nmecha, but Everton have the edge with the lure of Premier League football.

City will naturally try to hold on to Lukas and hope to avoid losing another young star after Jadon Sancho quit the Etihad for Borussia Dortmund last summer in an £8million deal.

Another promising England youth international, Bobby Duncan, 16, cousin of Steven Gerrard, has also turned down a professional contract at City and looks set to move on.

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