Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers join Derby County in race for Scottish centre-back

General view outside the Pride Park Stadium during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Swansea City at the Pride Park, Derby, England on 1 December 2018.

Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers have reportedly joined Derby County in the race for Scottish centre-back Jamie Hamilton according to The Daily Mail.

The Toffees are keen to bolster their options in defence and have identified the Hamilton Academical teenager as one for the future.

The 17-year-old has impressed so far for the Scotland Under-17’s and for Hamilton in the Scottish Premier League and is now alerting Premier League clubs to his availability.

He was also called up to Scotland’s Under-19 squad as he continues to impress coaching staff for club and country and a whole host of clubs including Derby, Norwich City and Southampton are monitoring the youngster.

However, Everton are believed to be the front runners and are pondering an audacious January move for him in order to ward off other potential interest from fellow Premier League clubs for the promising central defender.

Marco Silva’s side have struggled somewhat defensively this season and although it is thought that Hamilton could be primarily used in their youth system it would surely be beneficial to the players currently in the starting eleven to have further competition for their place.

He has already been promoted to Hamilton’s first team squad and made his Scottish Premiership debut last month for the club.

The centre-back’s prominent rise has certainly been noted by clubs across the border and it will take an almighty effort from the SPL side to retain him should Premier League clubs come knocking for the teenager.