Steve Walsh has made a name for himself by plucking young players from obscurity and bringing them to the limelight of the Premier League. As Director of Football at Everton, he has continued that motto by making multiple signings strengthening the youth squad and even getting players like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Ademola Lookman to the senior squad.
His latest attempted coup however seems to have failed, with Queens Park Rangers turning down Everton’s rumoured £3m bid for midfielder Josh Bowler. The 18-year-old made his senior team debut for the West London club in their last game of the season, playing 21 minutes.
The youngster signed an eighteen-month deal in February of this year with QPR, set to expire at the end of the 2017-18 season. Bowler has been at Loftus Road since 2013, and scored six goals for the Under-18 team this season.
A report from TEAMTalk said that the winger-midfielder has a similar playing style to former England player Chris Waddle, and that the Blues will be fighting off the likes of Arsenal and Manchester City for the player.
They went on to say that Everton’s bid was for £500,000 with added clauses that could raise the fee to £3m, but apparently QPR want more money upfront.