Chase on for Mlapa

English interest in German starlet

Mlapa: Highly-rated

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A host of clubs are chasing German starlet Peniel Mlapa, understands.

Reports had suggested that Everton were close to concluding a deal for the young striker - who is very highly-rated.

However, the reports appear premature as Everton are one of just a number of Premier League clubs tracking him.

Togo-born Mlapa, 19, is already a fixture in 1860's first-team and scored six goals last season as they finished mid-table in Bundesliga Zwei.

He is also part of Germany's Under 19 squad, which is where he has really impressed a number of scouts.

He will be taking part in the Elite Round of the European Under 19 championship later this month in Holland and a number of clubs are ready to take a close look at him.

His English agent Peter Harrison confirmed that interest was growing in Mlapa, but denied a deal had been agreed with Everton.

"To suggest a deal is done with Everton is somewhat premature," Harrison told

"They are interested in Peniel, but a number of Premier League clubs are very keen on him.

"He is an outstanding prospect and I would be surprised if he did not move to England this summer."