West Ham United and Everton have joined the chase for Alex Scott, although the 18-year-old could cost a fortune.
According to the Daily Mail, West Ham United and Everton have joined the race for Alex Scott. Championship club Bristol City are expected to cash in on the 18-year-old midfielder if sizeable offers come their way.
Alex Scott has been one of the rising stars in the Championship this season, becoming a key part of the Bristol City setup. His reputation has soared following impressive performances in the second division, which has attracted the attention of Premier League sides.
His 28 appearances across all competitions have brought in 3 goals from a deep midfield position, and clubs in the top flight are keen to develop him further. However, signing the teenager will not be a straightforward task, as Bristol City will demand a considerable fee for their prized asset.
Everton and Leicester City had already shown an interest in the midfielder around the January window. However, with Bristol lying closer to the relegation zone than the top half of the table, it was imperative to keep Scott in their ranks.
The situation could change in the summer, as Bristol City could consider cashing in on the teenager if an offer to their liking arrives from Premier League clubs. Everton have reportedly retained their interest and are now joined by West Ham United in the chase.
Everton are particularly looking at young talents to build their future squad. In January, they signed Nathan Patterson from Rangers, which signalled a shift in their transfer policy. They might look to use the expertise of new manager Frank Lampard to develop players for the next phase of the club.
There is also West Ham in the chase, as David Moyes seeks exciting young talents for the next phase of his squad development. Scott will be a valuable addition to the team and although he would not go straight into Moyes’ starting lineup, the teenage midfielder could play a big role in the future.
Bristol are tough negotiators, though, and have driven clubs to pay full value for their growing stars. They had previously had dealings with Premier League sides such as Brighton when they sold Adam Webster for a record fee. They might ask for a sizeable amount for Scott, considering the 18-year-old midfielder has a contract until 2025.