Report: Liverpool and Everton have scouted 19-year-old this season, Gerrard had bid rejected
According to the Daily Record, Liverpool and Everton have sent scouts to Fleetwood to keep an eye on James Hill, who Rangers also admire.
What’s the story?
Well, the report claims that Steven Gerrard’s Rangers even had a bid rejected for the teenager before the transfer window ended.
The Daily Record believe Southampton and Burnley also had offers knocked back for the defender, who was released by Blackpool and Bolton.
Manchester United have also followed Liverpool and Everton in sending scouts to watch the centre-back, who has found his feet at Fleetwood.
Hill made 35 appearances last season, as he became a vital part of Fleetwood’s first-team under Simon Grayson.
The prodigy is out of contract at the end of the season.
However, Fleetwood are relaxed, as they would still be due ‘significant’ compensation, according to the club’s owner Andy Pilley.
Pilley added that he’s had to turn down scouting requests for Hill, as practically the ‘entire Premier League’ wants to come and watch him.
What would James Hill offer Liverpool, Everton or Rangers?
It’s hard to say what Hill would offer Liverpool or Everton, as he probably wouldn’t walk straight into the first-team at Anfield or Goodison Park.
He would be an exceptional addition on a free, and certainly one to go straight into the Under-23 side with a view to first-team progression.
In the case of Rangers, Hill could see more first-team action, as Scotland would be a good place to focus on his development.
Hill made his debut for England’s Under-20 side in a 6-1 win over Romania at St George’s Park on Monday night.
Tall, composed and strong in the tackle, the Fleetwood No.23 looks to have everything he needs to become a top centre-back.
Keep an eye on this saga, as there are clearly quite a few clubs trying to sign this bright young talent.