Sky Bet Championship duo Aston Villa and Derby County are interested in signing Watford youngster Ryan Cassidy, according to reports from the Irish Mirror.
The 17-year old has been in impressive form for the Hornets’ youth team over the last couple of years – he scored twenty-five goals for the under-18s last season, and has now scored twelve goals after making the step-up to under-23 football this season.
The Irish forward still has eighteen months left on his contract at Vicarage Road, but reports claim that whilst a host of League One and Two clubs are looking to sign the 17-year on loan this month, Frank Lampard’s Derby County and Dean Smith’s Aston Villa are all monitoring the progress of the youngster.
Reports from Ireland also claim that Premier League side Everton are also interested in signing Cassidy – Toffees boss Marco Silva is said to be a big fan of the youngster, who he will know from his stint at Vicarage Road.
Both Villa and Derby have aspirations of gaining promotion to the top flight this term, and whilst Cassidy may not be an option for the first-team straight away, he could be an invaluable long-term option for the two clubs.
Villa currently sit 10th in the Sky Bet Championship table and sit five points off the play-offs, whilst Derby occupy the final place in the top six, despite winning just one of their last five games.
Cassidy looks to be a really exciting player on paper, who is likely to have a big future ahead of him.
He obviously wouldn’t go straight into their first-team straight away, but both clubs have good academies that will help him grow as a player.
Watford will want to keep their prospect, however.