In Focus: Everton and West Ham may lose out to Liverpool in race to sign Skarsem

According to reports on ESPN FC, Everton and West Ham United are among a host of Premier League clubs tracking Rosenborg midfielder Olaus Jair Skarsem.

What’s the word, then?

Well, even though the 19-year-old is currently playing for Rosenborg’s second team, ESPN FC say that he is regarded as one of the brightest prospects to emerge from Norway in recent years.

As well as Everton and West Ham, ESPN FC say that Liverpool, Leicester City and Brighton and Hove Albion are also said to be keeping tabs on the teenager with scouts from all of those clubs expected to watch him action in the Norwegian outfit’s Under-19 semi-final against Viking on Wednesday.

The report adds that while La Liga outfit Sevilla are also keen, the player’s preference would be a move to England even though Rosenborg are reluctant to lose him.

What do we know about him?

Not too much to be honest.

While he scored on his debut for the Rosenborg first team in the cup back in April 2016 despite being on the pitch for just 10 minutes, his only other appearances for the club came in the UEFA Youth League and he is currently featuring for the second string team.

Skarsem also has seven caps for the Norway Under-18s, and it remains to be seen whether he will get more minutes on the pitch for the Norwegian outfit this season.

Will Everton or West Ham win the race to sign him?

It’s difficult to say.

While Everton may want to bring him to Goodison Park, they certainly face a lot of competition for his signature.

Of course, Liverpool will be the biggest draw for the 19-year-old and with former Reds defender Stig Inge Bjornebye being the sporting director at Rosenborg, they will probably be the favourites to bring him to the Premier League.

However, West Ham have another young Norwegian player in Martin Samuelsen and Skarsem may like the idea of linking up with him at the London Stadium if he was looking to settle into life in England quickly.

It will certainly be interesting to see what happens over the next few months.