Everton and West Ham part of Europe-wide chase in pursuit of striking starlet – report

Everton and West Ham supporters were in reasonably high spirits over the weekend, what with the Toffees picking up a point in the Merseyside derby at Anfield on Sunday, while the Hammers recorded their first win under new boss David Moyes with a 1-0 success over Premier League champions Chelsea on Saturday.

Sam Allardyce’s Everton went into their clash with Liverpool off the back of successive victories over West Ham and Huddersfield Town, yet they looked on course for defeat when Mohamed Salah gave the Reds a first half lead. Yet a Wayne Rooney penalty 13 minutes from time preserved a point for the Toffees, who remain tenth in the Premier League table as a result. While there was finally some good news for Hammers fans on Saturday, as a Marko Arnautovic effort in the first half was enough to secure a 1-0 win for Moyes’ men over Antonio Conte’s Chelsea at the London Stadium, albeit it wasn’t enough to move them out of the bottom three.

Thus, both sets of supporters have been pretty satisfied in the Tavern in the last few days, and they are likely to be further intrigued by a recent report from ESPN, which suggests that the Premier League duo are interested in a move for Leicester City youngster Josh Eppiah.

The 19-year-old has yet to make his senior debut for the Foxes but has been a regular in their Under-18 and Under-23 teams in the last few years, including 12 appearances for the latter this term in their run to third place in the Premier League 2 Division One table.

And it appears that the Belgium youth international has attracted much interest from other Premier League clubs in recent times, not least Everton and West Ham, both of whom are reportedly interested in the starlet.

But whether either can fend off the other as well as a whole host of clubs, including Bundesliga side RB Leipzig, to land Eppiah very much remains to be seen.

Landlord’s verdict: Josh Eppiah may not have made his senior debut for Leicester City yet, but he is attracting interest for his fine exploits for the club’s developments squads in recent times.

The 19-year-old has laid on two assists in 12 appearances for the Foxes Under-23 team so far this term to underline how bright a future he has in the game, and he’s someone who Everton and West Ham reportedly want at their respective clubs.

And with the Toffees having given the youthful trio of Dominic Calvert-Lewin, Tom Davies, and Mason Holgate, amongst others, regular first team football in the last 12 months or so, and West Ham’s record with young players coming through clear for all to see, making the move to either Goodison Park or the London Stadium could well be in Eppiah’s best interests.

Everton and West Ham fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!

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