Wigan Athletic may be forced into the sale of talented youngster Joe Gelhardt this summer, according to The Sun.
Which could come as good news for Everton, who have been linked with a move for the talented forward.
The report claims that Wigan’s Chinese owners have been hit hard by the current global health crisis, as they make most of their money in the hospitality business which has largely shut down around the world.
They are proposing a 50 percent wage deferral to their players, and may also have to sell their star asset.
The report then mentions Everton’s interest in Gelhardt.
The Toffees have been linked before. As reported by The Sun earlier this year, Everton director of football Marcel Brands is ‘desperate’ to bring Gelhardt to Goodison Park with the teenager dubbed ‘the next Wayne Rooney’.
Rooney, of course, started his career at Everton before heading to Manchester United as a teenager and making a brief return to Goodison Park in 2017-18.
The 17-year-old has played 16 times for Wigan this season, scoring his first senior goal against Hull City in September.
He also scored twice in the FA Youth Cup this season and has been a goal-machine for England’s under-17s and under-18s.
Gelhardt, who is from Liverpool, signed a new deal at Wigan in November but it now appears that the Latics may be in a position where they have to sell. Everton would undoubtedly like to swoop in and secure the services of a player with the potential to emulate a club hero like Rooney.