Arsenal & Everton in battle for teen keeper

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Arsenal and Everton are both interested in signing Bristol Rovers starlet Matt Macey, according to the club’s manager.

John Ward has confirmed that both Premier League clubs are interested in bringing the 18-year-old to the English top flight, despite his lack of senior experience.

Macey is yet to make an appearance in the Football League, but did go on trial with eight different clubs during the summer. He is currently out of contract at the Memorial Stadium, but the League Two outfit will be entitled to compensation should a move ensue.

"We've had offers of interest from both Arsenal and Everton. There are a lot of issues that need ironing out and looking after and the chairman is dealing with all those negotiations at the moment,” said Ward, according to This is Bristol.

Macey’s arrival at either club would be a signing for the future – something Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has shown he’s willing to do on a number of occasions in the past.

The Gunners regularly spend big on youth players, although this talented teenager would likely come a little cheaper, given his situation with the Pirates.

Wojciech Szczesny is currently the number one at Arsenal, with Emiliano Viviano and Lukasz Fabianski offering cover at the Emirates Stadium.

Roberto Martinez, meanwhile, has overseen a number of changes since taking the reigns at Goodison Park.

Whilst the Everton boss drafted in a new keeper in the summer, Joel Robles finds himself behind Tim Howard in the pecking order on Merseyside.

Macey would again be unlikely to trouble the club's first team, but would be a signal of the Toffees chief's intention to plan for the future.

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