Liverpool and Everton join the race to sign Birmingham midfielder George Hall, 18, with Leeds expected to come back in for the youngster after failed move last summer
- Liverpool and Everton are monitoring Birmingham City midfielder George Hall
- Leeds attempted to sign the 18-year-old in the summer but were put off by price
- Borussia Dortmund star Jude Bellingham remains Liverpool’s priority target
- Hall has made 18 Championship appearances for Birmingham so far this season
Liverpool and Everton have joined the list of clubs monitoring developments with Birmingham City midfield prospect George Hall.
The 18-year-old missed Friday night’s 3-2 win over Reading with a calf strain but has been part of manager John Eustace’s first team plans this season and has been tipped for a bright future.
Leeds United have long been following the England U19 international and made an attempt to sign him last summer only to be put off by Birmingham’s valuation.
Liverpool and Everton have joined the list of clubs monitoring Birmingham’s George Hall (left)
They are expected to renew their efforts to sign him next month but recognise competition is increasing.
Liverpool have recruited some of the country’s top youngsters in recent seasons and have an eye on the future with an ageing first team midfield and question marks over the futures of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Naby Keita.
Another former Birmingham youngster Jude Bellingham is their top summer target but Hall is also on their radar as one that will develop.
Everton are also looking for dynamic, athletic midfielders like Hall who have the capabilities to be part of their squad almost immediately. Frank Lampard has limited funds to work with this window unless he sells but the club continue to look to attract prospective top talents.
Leeds attempted to sign the 18-year-old in the summer but were put off by Birmingham’s price
Eustace hopes Birmingham can keep Hall and see him make a quick return to action once his calf strain heals. ‘George is a fantastic young player who’s a big player for us and for the team,’ said Eustace.
‘I think and we’ll be looking forward to him coming back. He’s a top young player. But all I want to do is to keep on developing George in the right way, which I think we have done so far.
Hall, who has started five times in his 18 appearances this term, and fellow midfielders Jordan James, 18, and Jobe Bellingham, 17, the younger brother of England star Jude Bellingham, have all made an impression this season.
Borussia Dortmund and England midfielder Jude Bellingham is Liverpool’s top summer target
‘For me, George Hall is one of the top young players in the league,’ added Eustace. ‘He’s a very effective player whether he starts or we have him coming off the bench.
‘He’s only just turned 18 – and he’s got an opportunity to showcase himself here. We don’t want George Hall going anywhere.
‘Apart from the three or four we have got coming through – George Hall, Jordan James and Jobe Bellingham – it’s also about giving minutes at the right time to the likes of Josh Williams, Alfie Chang and Tate Campbell.’