Tottenham Hotspur and Everton are keen to sign Sunderland youngster Joe Hugill, according to The Sun.
The report claimed that Spurs scout Ian Broomfield was watching the youngster in action last week, while the young striker has also caught Carlo Ancelotti’s gaze.
Hugill is highly-rated and has appeared for the Black Cats U-23 side this season. He is not yet ready for first-team football though he may be tempted to move to Everton or Spurs.
Sunderland are a shadow of the team that they once were a few years ago and look unlikely to return to the Premier League anytime soon.
Moving to Spurs or Everton could make the pathway easier for the youngster to one day play in the Premier League.
Everton and Tottenham are both established team’s within the Premier League with ambitions to play in Europe and this could be something that is tempting to Hugill.
At just 16-years-old, Hugill does not really need to rush into making a decision about his future.
He should aim to play senior first-team football by age 18. He needs to assess what will be best. It will be of no benefit to move to a Premier League club to only be consigned to the bench.
Hugill needs to sit down with the Black Cats bosses and assess his future.
If he can receive senior first-team football by next season, it may be even worthwhile to stay put for a while.
If he moves next summer, he can even look at the possibility of being loaned back to the Black Cats as he is used to the environment.
Regardless of what is on offer at Sunderland, the potential to move to an historic club such as Tottenham or Everton may well be too good to turn down.