The Daily Mirror reported yesterday that Everton were one of four Premier League teams interested in signing Derby’s exciting young midfielder George Thorne in the a future transfer window.

The Mirror report that Everton boss Roberto Martinez “is keeping a close watch” on the youngster and also sees Thorne as an “ideal long-term replacement for Gareth Barry” and that he [Martinez] will “continue to monitor the progress of Thorne as he continues to play for a Championship table-topping Derby side.

George Thorne this season – WhoScored stats.

  • 19 appearances (1 substitute)
  • two goals and two assists
  • 80.6 pass attempts per 90 minutes; 69.6 completed passes (86.3% accuracy)
  • 3.5 tackles per 90 minutes/4.8 attempted tackles (72.9% success)
  • 1.9 interceptions
  • 1.2 clearances
  • 2.3 blocks
  • 8.9 defensive actions per typical 90 minutes

The Mirror also report that other Premier League teams in Newcastle, Norwich and Crystal Palace are also sniffing around the Derby youngster. Of particular interest would be the Magpies whose manager Steve McClaren brought Thorne into the Derby fold around 18 months ago after the young defensive midfielder impressed whilst on a six-month loan spell from Premier League West Brom. McClaren, now at Newcastle, signed Thorne for a fee of around £2.5m.

The Chronicle Live say that McClaren “desperately needs to add to his squad in January with the club [Newcastle] sat in the relegation zone”, also citing the fact that the Magpies also have a high number of players sidelined through injury.

Although Thorne’s form has stalled due to a series of injuries, he has come back strongly this season and is picking up a number of admirers as his talent and promise continue to shine through in a very good Derby County side.

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