Everton beat off Spurs to land £2m Bantams ace

Everton have beaten off stiff competition from Tottenham and Bayern Munich to land 15-year-old midfielder George Green from Bradford in a £2 million deal according to BBC Sport.

The Toffees are believed to have held off their Premier League rivals and the European giants to sign the highly rated teenager from the League Two minnows.

Academy boss Alan Irvine is delighted that the club have managed to land Green and is looking forward to working with the youngster and helping him realise his potential in an Everton shirt.

He will become a full time part of their youth setup next summer and despite being touted as a future star Irvine insists he has a lot of hard work to do on the training ground.

He told the BBC: “He has got good potential but at the moment that’s all it is. He has got a lot of work to do.”

“George is a young player who was attracting interest from a number of clubs. We’re happy to have him and we’re looking forward to working with him here at the Academy.

Bradfords head of football development Archie Christie admits Green is destined for the top and could emulate former Goodison Park favourites Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney.

He said: “This is one of the highest deals ever for a 15-year-old from a League Two club. But George is the best I’ve seen in his position at his age. He could become another Wayne Rooney or Paul Gascoigne.”

It’s been reported that the Premier League side will pay an initial £300,000 with the deal also including bonuses for appearances, new contracts, international appearances and a sell-on-clause.
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