Jul 022014

Everton FC are facing the prospect a transfer tug-of-war with West Ham if they are to seal a deal for one of Scotland’s most highly-rated youngsters.

Dundee United left-back Andrew Robertson has been a long-term target for the Blues, with Roberto Martinez already planning to lure a player dubbed ‘the next Leighton Baines’ to Goodison this summer.

But Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has jumped in first with two failed bids, and that could force Martinez’s hand for a 20-year-old who has already represented Scotland twice.

The Blues have been monitoring the Tannadice defender since last summer, and his stock rose rapidly during last term’s Scottish Premier League campaign.

After a Scotland cap and the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year award, Robertson had to be content with a Scottish Cup winner’s runners-up medal after his side lost 2-0 to St Johnstone.

It has been an impressive rise from part-time football with Queen’s Park just 12 months ago for the Glasgow-born defender, who is also being watched by other English top flight clubs.

Reports yesterday suggested West Ham had a second bid of £1.5m rejected by the Scots, who have only just sold another talented starlet, Ryan Gauld, to Sporting Lisbon.

United chairman Stephen Thompson refused to be drawn on the subject.

“I’m not going to comment on that,” he said. “I prefer to comment when business is done. If they prefer to comment, that is fine, but I am saying no more.”

The ECHO understands that it is likely Robertson would be loaned out to a Championship side to gather experience if he joined Everton, with Baines and Bryan Oviedo providing cover at left back.

But he is viewed as a player capable of one day providing the same defensive solidity and attacking threat as England man Baines.

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