'He's going to go': Chairman makes admission about Liverpool and Everton target
Fleetwood Town chairman Andy Pilley has told the Sunday Mirror (10/10; page 64) that James Hill is leaving in one of the upcoming windows amid interest from Liverpool and Everton.
Hill is attracting a lot of attention after breaking into the fold at Highbury Stadium.
The Sunday Mirror reports that Southampton, Burnley and Rangers all had bids rejected during the summer.
Meanwhile, Liverpool, Everton and Manchester United are all scouting the 19-year-old, who has made eight appearances at centre-back in League One this season.
Hill’s deal with Simon Grayson’s side expires in the summer (via Transfermarkt). And it seems that Pilley – who claimed almost the entire Premier League is coming to watch the teenager – is realistic about what the future holds for the defender.
“It might be that he goes in January, but he’s going to go at the end of the season unless he signs a new contract,” he told the Sunday Mirror (10/10; page 64).
“What represents success for Fleetwood Town is to wish our players well and to watch them on Match of the Day in the Premier League,” he went on to add.
Liverpool looking to replicate Joe Gomez move with James Hill?
Everton have not been afraid to put their faith in young players signed from Football League clubs down the years.
The likes of Mason Holgate and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are now key players at Goodison Park.
Meanwhile, they also have Jarrad Branthwaite looking to break through.
Liverpool signed Joe Gomez from Charlton Athletic back in 2015. He has since made over 120 appearances in all competitions and won the Premier League and Champions League with the Reds.
So perhaps Jurgen Klopp’s men are hoping that they can replicate that piece of business by attracting another highly-rated, young centre-back to Anfield.
Perhaps Hill could yet sign a new contract with Fleetwood. But Pilley’s comments certainly suggest that he is Premier League-bound in the near future.
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