As well as attempting to improve their first-team, a number of Premier League clubs seem very keen to bolster their youth team with new talent these days.
Newcastle and Everton are among those looking around, it seems, monitoring the progress of players close to home in the north of England.
One of their targets, according to Foot Mercato, is Middlesbrough’s Bilal Brahimi, who moved to Riverside last summer from Leixoes’ U17s in Portugal.
The young winger, who turned 18 in March, has enjoyed a good season for Boro’s youth teams, featuring for both their U18s and U23s, scoring eight goals and picking up 14 assists in 25 games.
The French website state both the Magpies and the Toffees are ‘keeping an eye’ on Brahimi, but will face competition from competition in European cups, like Liverpool and Valencia.
When this interest dates back to isn’t said, and we’ll have to wait and see if Marcel Brands’ arrival at Goodison Park changes things.
As for Newcastle, they have a long history of signing French players, so this isn’t exactly a surprise, even if their success rate when doing so is somewhat questionable.