Arsenal and three other teams have sent scouts to watch Middlesbrough winger Marcus Tavernier, according to the Daily Mail journalist Laurie Whitwell.
Everton, Bournemouth and Aston Villa are also keeping an eye on the 18 year old, with the latter two teams having come up against the midfielder in the Carabao Cup earlier this season.
Tavernier has been a stand out performer on the left hand side for Middlesbrough’s under 23 team this season, and he made his senior debut for Garry Monk’s side in the 3-0 over Scunthorpe United back in August. He made his first league start against Reading in late October, and has started Boro’s last three Championship games.
His last outing for Middlesbrough came in the Tees-Wear derby against Sunderland, and he scored his first goal in senior football during the match with it turning out to be the winner in a 1-0 win over the Black Cats.
The Gunners are watching the England under 19 international, the Mail reports, but Everton do seem to be in pole position for the player with the Merseyside club said to be lining up a January bid for the midfielder.