Everton now face 5-team PL transfer battle for ‘long-term’ wonderkid target
Everton could now face five other clubs in their pursuit of Adam Wharton.
That’s according to 90min, who have now reported that Tottenham Hotspur are the latest club to join the race.
Adam Wharton joined Blackburn Rovers as a child and came up through their academy, making his professional debut in August 2022.
The midfielder enjoyed a debut campaign in the Championship last time out, making 18 appearances and scoring twice.
He has since established himself as a regular under John Dahl Tomasson this season and has started 12 of Rovers’ 17 games in the second tier so far.
Adam, younger brother of Scott Warton, also earned himself a place in the England U20 squad earlier this year and went onto make his international debut in their 3-0 defeat to Italy a couple of weeks ago.
Wharton’s impressive performances for both club and country certainly haven’t got unnoticed, with Everton named as one side that have been long-term admirers of the teenager.
The Toffees have been linked with a number of younger players since this summer and will looking to add to the success of Jarrad Branthwaite, who has become one of the club’s best players in his breakthrough campaign at Goodison Park.
However, Everton will face huge competition if they want to sign Wharton. Sean Dyche‘s side are reportedly joined by Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester United and Newcastle in their long-term admiration for the 19-year-old, while Tottenham have recently expressed interest.
The report claims that Spurs are on good terms with Blackburn after they snapped up defender Ashley Phillips in the summer, though the 18-year-old is yet to play for the senior team.
Wharton only signed a new contract with Rovers last September and still has four years remaining, leaving the Championship club very much in control of his future.
However, pressure from top flight parties could see them accept a decent offer for his exit.
Everton have seen many of their younger players flourish in recent months, with Branthwaite, James Garner and Vitaliy Mykolenko among those that have impressed.
The Toffees would certainly benefit from looking at wonderkids further down the pyramid, rather than signing veterans such as Ashley Young.
Adam Wharton could be a very solid addition and is already proving himself in the Championship. The midfielder has made the second-most tackles for Blackburn (26) and the second-most interceptions per game (1.3).
However, increasing interest in Wharton could catapult his price tag up and could leave Everton helpless in their race to sign him.