By Adefunmiloye Alani

31st Jul, 2021 | 7:05am

Everton monitoring Preston North End midfielder Lewis Leigh

Everton are keen on signing Preston North End central midfielder Lewis Leigh and have been monitoring his development, according to Football.London.

However, they face competition for his signature, with Arsenal and Leicester City also keeping tabs on the 17-year-old.

Leigh was released by Liverpool prior to signing for North End at under-14 level, and Everton would love to bring him back to Merseyside.

He is expected to sign a new deal with the Lancashire side, though, with just a year left on his scholarship deal.

Could Liverpool’s loss be Everton’s gain?

Leigh has established himself as a highly-rated teenager with the Championship side, impressing first-team manager Frankie McAvoy with some of his performances during the pre-season.

Liverpool might have missed out on a trick by releasing the versatile teenager, and Everton could be gaining from their loss should they manage to let a deal done.

Leigh can also play at right-back, featuring in the position for Preston under-18s in 2019-20.

We need a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman, and just maybe we could bring Leigh to Goodison Park for that purpose.

While he would most likely be linking up with the under-23s should a move work out, he has the potential to be playing for Rafa Benitez’s side very soon.

Leigh would be very much keen to prove to Liverpool that they were wrong to release him, and doing that in the Everton jersey would be very lovely.

We have to admit that the chances of him leaving North End this summer are very slim, though.

Leigh has been shown that he is very much in the club’s first-team plans for the new season, and is not likely to leave that for youth team football and an uncertain future at Everton.

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