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Everton academy director Alan Irvine says he's looking forward to nurturing George Green's talent after the 15-year-old's move to Goodison Park was confirmed on Monday.

The Bradford City youngster has been linked with Tottenham Hotspur and Bayern Munich, but chose instead to make the move to Everton, who have seen the likes of Wayne Rooney, Jack Rodwell and Ross Barkley break through in the first team.

And Irvine says he looking forward to working in the new Everton recruit.

"George is a young player who was attracting interest from a number of clubs," Irvine said.


"He has got good potential but at the moment that's all it is. He has got a lot of work to do and he knows that.

"We're happy to have him and we're looking forward to working with him here at the academy."

The youngster has been compared to former Everton favourites Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney for his unique ability on the ball and has moved to the club for a reported £2 million.

Before the switch to Everton, Green had been on trial with Tottenham Hotspur, where he scored a hat trick in a practise match against Aston Villa.

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